Marco Silva says Tom Davies is in the perfect environment to continue his development with Everton.
The Academy graduate has featured in eight of the Blues’ 10 games so far this season, captaining the side in four of those encounters after first taking the armband against Rotherham United in the Carabao Cup.
The midfielder has spoken of thriving at playing with the responsibility of leading his boyhood club - becoming Everton's youngest starting skipper in the process - and Silva has backed him to keep improving.
“For me, [the captaincy] is not the most important thing,” said the Everton boss. “Tom performed well [against Leicester] because he is working hard.
“He feels the support from the technical staff and his teammates which they give to him. He is a boy - 20 years old - and he needs to improve.
“But he will improve and we are here to support him.
“We have three captains – Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman. When they don’t play, we have different profiles [who can lead the team]. Gylfi, without the captaincy, has fantastic leadership on the pitch. We have many leaders in the squad."
In the Premier League, Davies is behind only fellow midfield man Idrissa Gana Gueye for passes within the Everton ranks with 262, and had produced the third highest number of passes per game with an average of 43.7.
The 20-year-old is trails just Gana and Seamus Coleman on the list of tackles with 14 and, on average, makes the third most challenges per game with 2.3 per 90 minutes.
“The manager has got a good view of the game and he knows what he wants from his team and I can see myself fitting in that,” said Davies, who is currently on international duty with England Under-21s alongside fellow Blues Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell.
“It’s going well so far this season and I’m just looking forward to the rest of it. It’s a big honour being captain and I’m made up with it. It is making me love it even more at Everton so I just want to continue doing what I’m doing."