Everton boss Marco Silva has confirmed that his decision to omit Tom Davies from the side that travelled to Lincoln City for the midweek Carabao Cup clash was purely tactical, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo.
Davies has rarely been seen in Royal Blue this season (TransferMarkt), as his Portuguese head coach has only awarded the Toffees product an eleven-minute cameo, coming in the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.
The 21-year-old made the bench for Everton’s following two Premier League games, but could not make it out of the dugout against either of Watford or Aston Villa, before being left at home as the Goodison Park natives departed Merseyside for Lincoln on Wednesday night.
According to the Liverpool Echo, it was expected that Davies would make his first start of the campaign against Danny Cowley’s League One Lincoln, but Silva opted to hand summer signing Fabian Delph his competitive Everton debut alongside Morgan Schneiderlin instead.
The former Watford chief also retained Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson in the advanced midfield role, while naming Andre Gomes on the bench.
Silva has now moved to clarify his thought process behind leaving Davies out of the 18-man squad, and noted that he also omitted Seamus Coleman – who was replaced by fellow debutant Djibril Sidibe in the starting line-up – and Bernard.
Speaking after beating Lincoln 4-2 and securing a Third Round trip to Sheffield Wednesday, Silva said: “It was a tactical decision [to leave Davies out], but it was not just him. Coleman was not in the squad list, Bernard was not in the squad list, [and] maybe one or two more.”
The Liverpool Echo add that Davies is again in contention for a place in Silva’s 18-man squad as Everton prepare to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. However, the Portuguese’s cup decision has left the 21-year-old in no man’s land.
As a starting option, he would have featured more regularly in the opening weeks of the Premier League season. However, one brief, late-game cameo in the first of three fixtures would suggest the England U21 international’s name is not at the top of Silva’s midfield pecking order, or close to it.
Even as a back up to Gomes and Schneiderlin, or Sigurdsson in the more advanced role, he would have anticipated at least an inclusion on the matchday teamsheet against Lincoln, but there was no room for the Liverpool born talent.
It is a similar situation for Davies to where he ended Silva’s inaugural term at Goodison Park, having played for just ten minutes in the final eleven top-flight fixtures available to him (TransferMarkt) after captaining the side against Watford in February – the sixth time he held the armband in 2018/19.
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