Liverpool Echo journalist Adam Jones has ‘no doubt’ that Tom Davies has work to do if he is to impress Marco Silva and regain his place in the Portuguese’s pecking order.
Silva awarded Davies the captain’s armband on six occasions across all competitions last season (TransferMarkt), but the Blues boss has only looked to the Liverpool-born midfielder once this season, and opted against naming the 21-year-old in his teamsheet for the Carabao Cup trip to Lincoln City or the following Premier League encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
While two new midfielders arrived at Goodison Park in the summer window in the form of Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph, it was only the former Manchester City man’s transfer that directly impacted Davies’ standing, as Gbamin’s move from Mainz was in direct response to Idrissa Gana Gueye’s departure.
But his omission from the first team has led Jones to suggest that Davies has a lot of work to do if he is to move back up the pecking order at Goodison Park, with the Blues product seemingly fifth-choice.
“Silva knows the last couple of games have been unfortunate for Tom Davies,” Jones noted. “It’s all about how the manager wants to set up his side, and how he plans his options from the bench when coming up against specific opponents.
“Take the Lincoln match, for example. More focus was put on having attacking options on the bench for a game Everton needed to win. Eventually, Silva knew there was only space for one midfielder – and felt Andre Gomes was the right man for the role.
“There’s no doubt Davies has some work to do to get himself back up the pecking order, but circumstances are not really helping him right now.”
Everton come out of the international break next week with a trip to lagging AFC Bournemouth, who have taken one win from their opening four Premier League games, and have conceded eight goals – the third-most of any side.
Silva may see their struggles to keep the opposition at bay as reason to favour another attack-minded side, which could leave Davies in the wilderness again if the Portuguese head coach only names one backup midfielder, and errs on the side of caution with Morgan Schneiderlin for his midfield cover.
Davies revealed earlier in the year that he sees himself as more of an attacking midfielder (Liverpool Echo), too, but the desire to be the creative force should not see the 21-year-old neglect his defensive game, as Silva does not currently seem to see him as a forward option.
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