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Everton: Peter Reid hails Tom Davies after match-winning Southampton performance

Everton: Peter Reid hails Tom Davies after match-winning Southampton performance

Toffees legend Peter Reid has some words of praise for midfielder Tom Davies following Everton’s much-needed 2-1 win at Southampton, going on to say he has all the attributes to become a top midfielder.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Peter Reid, who amassed 237 appearances over a seven-year stay at Goodison Park, as per SoccerBase, has had nothing but praise for the young Toffees midfielder, who plays the same position as Reid did during his heyday.

The youngster scored the opening goal in the Toffees’ victory at St. Mary’s, slightly easing the pressure on Marco Silva’s shoulders as they look to turn a bad run of form around in time to potentially challenge for a Europa League place.

After the win, the ex-Manchester City manager waxed lyrical over Davies’ potential contribution in years to come, citing all the perfect attributes he possesses to become a top midfield player.

“It was recently he got subbed off and I thought he must have been injured because he was playing that well,” Reid told the Echo.

“He’s shown a desire, he’s looking to hit forward passes, he’s good with or without the ball and he’s notched against Southampton at the back stick.

“I think his form has been terrific and it just shows you. It looks as though he’s got a desire which is great, the boy has done terrifically well.

“He’s got all the abilities [to be a top player]. He’s got a good engine and a good attitude about the game.

“He’s, in my opinion, been Everton’s best player recently.”

Indeed, given how high his ceiling is, if he keeps performing like he did against Southampton, there seems to be no end to the possibilities.

Judging by his debut season, including a man-of-the-match performance during the Toffees’ hammering 4-0 victory over Man City, supporters must know what he is capable of – especially after ending that season with his highest pass success rate to date of 82.8%, as per WhoScored.com.

Despite having a slow last couple of seasons, Davies’ quality is evident, the only question is whether he can he capitalise and keep improving.

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