Excitement is gathering amongst the Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern ahead of the Merseyside derby against Liverpool tomorrow afternoon.
Everton face their local-rivals for the third time this season tomorrow afternoon in a fixture which they will be desperate to win to give the supporters something to shout about. In all honesty, Everton’s season has rather faded into obscurity, and it’s no surprise that plenty of the supporters can’t wait for the current campaign to reach its conclusion.
However, a Merseyside derby win would certainly improve the spirits amongst the uninspired supporters, but they will undoubtedly struggle against a Liverpool side who have been in sensational form of late. Earlier this week, Liverpool dismantled a Manchester City side who had dominated at Goodison Park just days earlier, so any fears the Everton supporters may be harbouring are certainly justified.
Sam Allardyce will have a difficult time choosing his starting line-up this afternoon due to the respective form of his own side and his opponents, but one man who should certainly be included from the outset is 19-year-old Tom Davies. Davies has been a first-team regular this season, although only 17 of his 28 appearances have been from the outset.
He was left out of Everton’s defeat against Man City last weekend as Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney were preferred in midfield, but that should all change today if Allardyce wants his to win the midfield battle. The fact that Davies has come through Everton’s academy and understands the importance of the upcoming fixture, alongside his excellent ability to influence the game at both ends of the pitch should firmly be on Allardyce’s mind when he selects his starting line-up.
Davies is an all-round centre-midfielder who possesses an engine which is unrivalled in Everton’s first-team squad, and considering how easily the Toffees were overrun in midfield against City, it would be a huge mistake to leave him out of the starting line-up for a second week running. The emerging fan-favourite will certainly be up for the fight tomorrow, and if Everton are going to record a victory to savour, they will need all their most dedicated individuals on the Goodison Park turf from minute one.
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