Schneiderlin Predicts 'Great' Future For Davies

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Tom Davies will develop into a “great player for Everton”, according to midfield colleague Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Frenchman has been impressed with what he has seen of the young Academy graduate ever since he joined the Club from Manchester United in January.

Davies made 25 appearances in a breakout season under Ronald Koeman throughout the 2016/17 campaign, and has been involved on 13 occasions this season so far.

Schneiderlin and Davies have often lined up alongside one another in Everton’s midfield and the France international is excited to continue watching Davies fulfil his potential.

“He is a player with great qualities,” he told evertonfc.com. “He wants to work every day, he listens to the players who are older than him, to progress every day. It is very nice to play with someone like this.

“He will develop even more to be a great player in the future, so it is very good for Everton to have a player like him – a player who wants to progress and play – and is as hungry as he is.

“Tom had almost six months of playing almost every game. He hasn’t played as much so far this season as he did last year but he is doing very well. He trains hard. He is a kid with good strength and energy and he will keep improving as well.”

Schneiderlin has been a regular at the heart of the Everton engine room since his arrival from Old Trafford last season. More often than not, that has been alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye.

The pair have formed a strong bond on and off the pitch and Schneiderlin hopes to build on this relationship going forward but accepts there is plenty of competition for places, especially from the young players like Davies.

“I enjoy playing with Gana very much – like with all the players,” he added. “But we have a good understanding off the pitch – he is a very good friend of mine.

“On the pitch I like to link up with him, because he is a very good player.

“There a lot of players in our position – but I am looking forward to having a great partnership with him and being able to give the best platform to our attacking players, and the best cover to our defenders we can.”

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