Tom Davies says he is “sure things will go well” for Everton under new manager Sam Allardyce – and is tipping the Toffees to build on their midweek victory over West Ham United when Huddersfield Town come to Goodison Park on Saturday.
Davies delivered a dynamic display as Everton scored twice in each half to topple David Moyes’ Hammers on Wednesday – after being banned for last weekend’s trip to Southampton.
The 19-year-old featured in a Toffees engine room that also included the excellent Wayne Rooney – and laid on the second goal of Rooney’s terrific hat-trick.
And Davies hopes the pair can strike up an enduring relationship in the middle of the park, given the freedom he enjoys when the more experienced man is orchestrating proceedings from a deep-lying position.
“I spoke to Wayne after the game and he said he enjoyed it,” said Davies. “It (Rooney’s position) gave me the freedom to go further forward.
“I knew he would be on the ball and that security would be behind me, to allow me to support the striker.
“I think that is where we have been lacking in the past few weeks. The striker or wide men have been on their own. I was just linking it all together - with Wayne behind me and on the ball, it let me push right on. That is how I like to play, to get forward.
“I see myself as a box-to-box midfielder and having those players behind me gives me the confidence to push on and try things.
“Playing at home and with it being Unsy’s last game, it was a big one for us. It had been coming. We have been working hard and know we can do better.
“We also know we have the quality to do what we did the other night. I am glad it all came together and we showed what we could do.”
Allardyce watched from the stands at Goodison’s as Everton completed their 4-0 triumph over West Ham, but will be in the dugout for the clash with newly-promoted Huddersfield on Saturday.
The former Bolton boss oversaw his first full training session 24 hours before the game - and Davies revealed his new manager had struck up an instant rapport with the Toffees players.
“It has been good,” said Davies. “He seems straightforward and down to earth – and he knows what he wants from us.
“It is good because we know how we want to play and what to do. It is back to basics and that is what we have been working on for the game on Saturday.
“I am sure things will go well with him.
“Sam has told us to play how we did against West Ham and keep that momentum going. He has drilled some stuff into us he wants us to work on, some things he saw that we need to improve on.
“The lads seem happy and the feeling is good around the place.”
Striker Oumar Niasse is available again for Everton this weekend after serving a two-match suspension.
The Senegal international had run into a rich vein of form before his enforced absence, hitting five goals in seven Premier League outings.
Davies, then, is looking forward to welcoming Niasse back into the Toffees squad. But he insists nobody at Everton will be taking Huddersfield lightly. The Yorkshire club won their opening away game this term – 3-0 at Crystal Palace –
but have not won or scored on the road since.
David Wagner’s side have nevertheless already claimed the scalp of Manchester United this term, and sit in 14th
position, locked with Everton on 15 points.
“Huddersfield showed at the start of the season they could play a bit, and they caused a few upsets,” added Davies.
“We have figured out what they are good at, and what they are not.
“We will not take them for granted. We will be showing the same commitment we have been. And I am sure, if we do that, the quality will come through.
“I think our side is good enough to compete with the best teams, if we put our game plan into place.
“I played with Oumar for the Under-23s as and feel I have a good relationship with him. It is great to have him in front of you. He is always working hard and putting defenders under pressure.
“When you have the ball, you know he is running in behind. It is good to have him back. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the same. He is always working tirelessly, getting in behind. And he can hold the ball up, too.
“It is great that we have those two options.”