Former Everton midfielder Don Hutchison says Tom Davies is “exactly the sort of player you want in a derby match” and believes the 19-year-old boasts both the courage and quality to be a key figure against Liverpool on Saturday.
Hutchison – who played 81 times and scored 11 goals for the Blues during a two-year spell at the Club – is a huge admirer of the Academy graduate.
After an exceptional breakthrough season in 2016/17, this campaign has seen Davies establish himself in boss Sam Allardyce’s first-team plans. Only Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have racked up more Everton appearances than Davies' 38 matches so far this season.
The England Under-21 international's appetite and dynamism serves as a reminder of the qualities Hutchison displayed every time he pulled on a Blue shirt.
And the Scot, who is now a football pundit, says the West Derby-born ace is a joy to watch.
“I love him,” Hutchison said. “I see a little bit of myself in Tom Davies. He has a combative streak, I like that.
“Every time I see him he is busy and lively. He came off the bench against City at the weekend and had an impact on the match – and he does every time he comes off the bench.
“He is exactly the sort of player you want in your midfield in a derby match and I think he is at his best when he plays right on the edge.”
Boyhood Evertonian Davies has recently spoken of how he has relished the freedom offered to him by manager Allardyce to break forward into the opposition box.
Hutchison, who also played for Liverpool from 1990-94, was also famed for his ability to make surging runs from midfield and he believes it is an attribute less prevalent in the modern game.
Davies is constantly on the move and brimming with attacking intent - and Hutchison says it is a further reason why the youngster could make the difference on Saturday if he is selected.
“Look at the way he played in the game against Manchester City [in a 4-0 win at Goodison Park] a year ago,” Hutchison said.
“He caused one of the best teams we have seen in the Premier League all sorts of problems.
“I love everything about him. I love his tenacity. I love the fact he can get goals and run from midfield – and there are not many players who do that now.”