Tom Davies admits he has to “do more” to become a “recognised starter” in Everton’s midfield - and has vowed to keep learning from his Blues teammates to help him do it.
Davies has become a fixture in Ronald Koeman’s squad since his coming-of-age, goalscoring performance in the Blues’ 4-0 Premier League victory over Manchester City in January.
And the 19-year-old says he is refining his “raw talent” by studying the games of his accomplished teammates – and absorbing their advice.
“I am always looking at the other lads to see how I can improve,” Davies told evertonfc.com.
“I did it a lot last season as well – and now I can pick up even more from the players who have come in, like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne (Rooney) and Davy Klaassen.
“They all have elements to their games I can learn from and try to add to my game, be it types of movement, different techniques, or positions on the pitch.
“I have a lot to learn. I am still very young and my talent is quite raw, so I am just picking up little parts of the game I have not previously been told about or noticed. I can pick them up from these players.
“The squad is good in that way – and there are a lot of senior players who you can always speak to.
"They do help me out a lot, really. I have been quite lucky with the squad I have come into. Without their help it would have been tough for me, so I am grateful to them.
“And Leighton Baines is always around to have a chat with me, so that is good to have.”
Davies started 18 Premier League games last season – all of them in the second half of the campaign, having made his full Everton debut on the final day of 2015/16, when he lit up Goodison Park with a dynamic display as the Blues beat Norwich 3-0.
He has played in all four top-flight matches this term, featuring from the beginning away against Manchester City and Chelsea, and appearing from the bench in the home clashes with Stoke and Tottenham.
The Academy graduate was introduced at half-time of Saturday’s defeat by Spurs, with the Blues already trailing 2-0.
“It was a tough game for us in the first half,” said Davies. “For me it was a chance to come on and show the manager what I could do and try to push for selection for the next game.
“I feel like I have become a more recognised player (in 2017) but I still do not feel like I am fully established.
“I need to do a bit more to become a recognised starter – I know I need to improve to be seen as that.
“That is something I am trying to learn and I am sure if I do put in the work and put in some good performances, then that will come.
"We are still gelling together as a squad and I am sure we are going to come again and have a good run of games.”
Davies possesses a maturity far beyond his 19 years, something reflected in his role as one of Everton in the Community’s (EITC) five player ambassadors.
He was speaking to evertonfc.com at an EitC showcase event at the charity’s People’s Hub where, as the Blues’ representative for EITC's award-winning Youth Engagement programme, he participated in a drumming session alongside a group of youngsters from the National Citizen Service – an initiative designed to help 15-17 year olds build skills for work and life.
“It was good to come here and I really enjoyed the day,” said Davies.
“When I got told what I was going to do today I didn’t fully understand what it entailed! I had a go on the drums with some of the students here and I really enjoyed it in the end – I wouldn’t mind having another go!
“I was speaking to a few of the students and I am not too much older than them. But I think it is good that I can be someone they can look up to and try to replicate.
“I know that as a footballer I have to be doing the right things, to show other people – young people growing up – how to act.”