Davies Aiming To Learn From Experienced Duo

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Tom Davies says his development is being aided by training and playing with experienced midfield duo Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Homegrown Davies became Everton’s youngest captain earlier this term and reclaimed the armband for the meeting with Manchester City a fortnight ago.

He has started Everton’s past four Premier League matches after being restored to the team’s midfield for last month’s victory at Huddersfield Town.

And Davies, who has amassed 86 appearances for the Club following his senior debut as a 17-year-old in April 2016, reckons he is benefitting from playing alongside seasoned international pair Gomes and Sigurdsson.

Icelander Sigurdsson has represented his country at two major tournaments and contributed directly to 95 goals in 236 Premier League matches. He is into double figures for goals scored this term, the former Tottenham Hotspur player's 28 starts in all competitions yielding 10 goals. 

Gomes, meanwhile, is a European Championship winner with Portugal and has spells with Benfica, Valencia and Barcelona on his CV.

“Andre is a quality player, I had him behind me when I came back into the side at Huddersfield and he looked to get the ball to me all the time,” Davies told evertontv.

“It is good to have him in the team and it is the same with Gylfi.


“They are both very good on the ball and excellent technically and I am looking to learn from them to improve my own game.

“Gylfi has been performing in the Premier League a long time and Andre has been to Barcelona and played a lot in La Liga. 
 
“There is plenty to take from them so I will be trying to pick up any tips I can from both.”

Davies started five of Marco Silva’s opening eight league matches in charge and captained the side in games against Arsenal, Fulham and Leicester City.

Gomes replaced Davies in the team after recovering from the hamstring problem which delayed his Everton bow following an August loan move from Barcelona.

But Goodison Academy graduate Davies has remained a fixture in Silva’s matchday squads and the manager insists he is detecting consistent improvement in the 20-year-old's football.


The player agrees with his boss' assessment and is eager to prove he deserves a prolonged run in Everton's team.

Davies featured in 24 Premier League games in 2016-17 after muscling into the side midway through the campaign. He was involved in a further 33 top-flight matches last term – starting 20 and scoring twice to add to the two goals he netted in the previous season.

“Yes, I do [believe I am improving],” added Davies.

“I didn’t play for a while but felt I was doing well in training and was waiting for my chance. There is a lot of competition for places, so you have to keep your standards very high.

“I think the period of training and learning from the manager was valuable. I always train as hard as I can, so when the games come, I am ready.

“I think that showed when I got my chance.

"I will do my best to stay in the team and hopefully I can manage to achieve that.”



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