Gylfi Sigurdsson has shared his hope that Everton boss Marco Silva can rely on Tom Davies and Theo Walcott to push on and fight for minutes this season, as the rarely-seen duo will be needed.
Walcott and Davies have struggled to earn minutes on the field so far this season, with Silva only awarding the former Arsenal winger outings from the bench, and left out Blues product Davies from his matchday squad to face Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
Walcott has faced a greater challenge for minutes this season after Everton purchased Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in the summer, which added another forward option to the ranks at Goodison Park.
Davies, likewise, has seen his chances greatly reduced, as the Toffees went heavy in the transfer market bolstering Silva’s options in the engine room, with Andre Gomes’ loan deal turned permanent before the Blues captured Fabian Delph and acquired Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
Sigurdsson, though, is confident that both Davies and Walcott still have a role to play at Goodison Park this season, and is hopeful that their difficult starts to the campaign act as fuel to fire them to fight for their place.
“For an attacking player [like Iwobi], it’s nice to get that first goal early on,” Sigurdsson said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “It’s good for the confidence and all of the other boys, not just him.
“[With] Fabian [Delph] coming back from injury and Djibril [Sidibe brought in on loan from AS Monaco], there’s good depth in the squad at the moment.
“Hopefully the boys who have been injured and not in the squad can really push us [for minutes] because we need every player in the squad.”
Silva overlooking Walcott for the opening games of the season has not been a decision to have really backfired yet, as Richarlison, Iwobi and Bernard are Everton’s only goalscorers in the Premier League so far this term (WhoScored) and all have played their games on the wings.
Iwobi and Bernard have also averaged the most and third-most successful dribbles per ninety minutes respectively of any Everton player, while Richarlison is averaging the most shots and second-most on target – second to Iwobi.
As for Davies, he is tasked with dislodging Sigurdsson for an advanced playmaker role, but the Icelandic international is the Blues’ best creator after four games, with an average of 2.8 key passes per ninety minutes.
Holding midfielders Gomes and Morgan Schneiderlin also lead Everton’s midfield contingent for passes made, while Delph was hailed for his competitive debut as the Toffees’ ‘unsung hero’ for his role in the Wolves win.
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