Tom Davies said he was “proud” of his contribution to Everton’s stirring comeback victory over Bournemouth - and hopes his fruitful partnership with two-goal star Oumar Niasse continues to prosper.
Boss Ronald Koeman responded to his team falling behind to Joshua King’s 49th-minute goal for the Cherries by swiftly summoning Davies and striker Niasse from the bench.
The duo thrillingly combined for Everton’s leveller, with Davies sending a precise through ball for Niasse to drill a finish into the roof of the Gwladys Street net.
Davies and Niasse sowed the roots of their understanding when playing a number of games together for the Blues’ Under-23 team. And it was the teenage midfielder’s deflected shot that cannoned up and found former Lokomotiv Moscow man Niasse forcing the ball home from close range to send Goodison into exaltation.
“It is always good to be involved with the goals and to get an assist - and maybe half an assist… I am proud of my performance,” Davies told evertontv.
“It was good movement and good build up play for the first goal. I was in the middle of the pitch and Oumar made a great run. It was a great first touch by him as well, so I cannot take all the credit - he did a lot after my pass!
“I have known him a long time and I get on really well with him, he is a good fella. His movement is always good and sharp.
“I seem to be finding him quite a bit! In the game against Sunderland I found him (Davies teed up Niasse for Everton’s third goal), so hopefully the partnership can continue!”
Davies marked his 55th-minute arrival onto the pitch by snapping into a ferocious tackle on Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman.
The challenge earned him a booking but was also indicative of the zeal, drive and aggression Davies would bring to the party.
Asked about the instructions Koeman imparted to him prior to his introduction, Davies said: “To play as always, show some energy and look to get some support to the forwards… obviously, being one down. I knew it was important to get the support to the forwards and in the end it paid off.
“I was disappointed not to start, so when I came on I wanted to make an impact and I feel like I have done that.
“They are a good side and knew what they were doing. When I came on I thought it was hard but felt I got myself into the game, and all the lads really supported me.
“Having Jonjoe (Kenny) and Cuco (Martina) behind me throughout the game was good. Our heads did not go down, we pushed on and got the goals.
“I am made up for Oumar getting his two goals and it is a great three points for us.”