Silva Praises Homegrown Duo's Hunger And Ambition

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Marco Silva says “quality” Tom Davies has the “desire and ambition” to establish himself as a key figure in Everton's team.

Manager Silva, who also reserved praise for “fantastic professional” Jonjoe Kenny, has appointed Davies captain for his team’s past two games.

The midfielder, who skippered the side four times earlier in the campaign, turned in an industrious display at Watford on Saturday and was excellent in last week’s Goodison Park clash with title-chasing Manchester City.

Academy graduate Davies is one short of 50 Premier League starts following his appearance against Watford. He has featured in 72 top-flight matches in total and played 86 games for Everton in all competitions.

Defender Kenny, meanwhile, retained his place at Vicarage Road as reward for snuffing out City’s express winger Leroy Sane three days earlier. He has started 24 Premier League games in the 16 months since making his full debut in the competition in October 2017.

“We are talking about players who are 20 and 21 years old and they have to show me not just their quality, but also their desire to play, that ambition to play every game,” Silva told evertontv.

“Tom is always this type of player. They [Davies and Kenny] are players who love the Club.

“The main thing for them is to play in the blue shirt and to always play well and help the team win.

“Tom is a player who loves to play football. He has very, very good quality and is working hard to achieve what he wants in his career.


“I am here to help him, to develop him as a footballer. He has the quality to do that and will go step by step.

“I have seen him more confident and aggressive in important moments of matches.

“The team need that from him and he is enjoying what he is doing. He is playing at a good level, which is important for him and the team.”

Kenny has eagerly seized his starting opportunity and was heavily involved in the action against Watford.

The 21-year-old, who has been with the Club since he was nine, had more touches of the ball [85] than any of his teammates, the busy Idrissa Gana Gueye next on the list with 77.

He won five aerial duels and three tackles and completed three clearances and two interceptions.

England Under-21 regular Kenny is slugging it out with senior man Seamus Coleman for the right-back berth and has played nine Premier League matches this term, starting six.

He was joined in Everton's team for the match against Pep Guardiola’s City by fellow 2017 England Under-20 world champion Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Striker Calvert-Lewin, who turns 22 next month, has six goals from 12 starts this season and has amassed 83 Everton appearances following his transfer from Sheffield United in August 2016.


“Dominic was a key part of our strategy and important to us against Manchester City,” said Silva.

“With Richarlison [who will celebrate his 22nd birthday in May], too, we have many, many young players, it is good for them to grow with the help of the more mature players.

“Jonjoe Kenny is a fighter, a fantastic boy and a fantastic professional, always ready to help and ready to learn.

“When he has the chance, he gives everything.

“He always gives his best to take his chance, to show his quality and that he is ready and able to play.

“When I took that decision [to recall him for the City game], I was confident Jonjoe would help us again.

“He is a player who will always give everything to help the team be strong and try to win.”

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