Tom Davies joined Everton's Academy at Under-11 level and went on to become one of a crop of promising youngsters to put pen to paper on a professional contract with the club in the 2015-16 season. The then 17-year-old signed a two-year professional contract with the club in September 2015 after making good progress with the Under-21s and would find himself making his senior debut before that season was out.
“It’s a great honour to sign my first contract, especially with Everton, a Club that means so much to me," Davies told evertonfc.com. “I’ve been here since I was in the Under-11s so that’s around seven years now. It’s been hard at times, but enjoyable and I’m very glad I’m still here."
The nephew of former Everton player Alan Whittle, Davies had played for England in their opening game at the Euro U17 tournament the previous May and would have featured in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile between October and November 2015 but he was handed a unique opportunty to train with the senior England training camp instead despite having yet to played for the Blues' first team.
That chance would arrive in April 2016, however, after he had returned to Everton's U21s where he pressed his claims for senior recognition with an impressive hat-trick. He was then handed his Premier League debut by manager Roberto Martínez on in a 1–1 draw with Southampton at Goodison Park, entering the field of play as an 83rd-minute substitute for Darron Gibson.
It was on the final day of the season that young Davies really announced his arrival on the scene at Goodison Park when he was named in the starting XI by David Unsworth, standing in as caretaker manager following Martinez's dismissal three days earlier. Tom turned in a man-of-the-match calibre display of surprising maturity, playing his part in the third goal in a 3-0 victory over relegated Norwich City.
He established himself in Ronald Koeman's first-team squad during pre-season in 2016 and his prodigious talent was acknowledged with a new five-year contract that July but it wasn't until the winter that Davies would emerge as a future Everton star.
Despite a growing clamour among supporters for greater involvement in the first team, Koeman remained patient with Davies until the busy festive season when he used the 18-year-old off the bench twice before handing him a start in the first game of 2017 against the Dutchman'sold team.
Davies rewarded that faith with an excellent performance and an assist for the third goal in a 3-0 win but it was in Everton's next league game that he announced himself to the nation as he turned in another man-of-the-match display as the Blues smashed title-chasing Manchester City 4-0. The teenager capped off that fine afternoon with his first goal for the club, starting and finishing the move with skill and a confident finish.
|Date of birth||30 June 1998|
|Joined||23 September 2015|
|Joined from||Everton Academy|
|Signed by||Roberto Martinez|
|Contract duration||2 + 5 years|
|Contract expires||June 2021|
16 April 2016
|Full debut||v Norwich (h), 15 May 2016|
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|Season||Squad No.||League Apps (sub)||League Goals||Cup Apps (sub)||Cup Goals||Total Apps (sub)||Total Goals|
|2015-16||41||1 (1)||0||0 (0)||0||1 (1)||0|
|2016-17||26||9 (6)||1||1 (0)||0||10 (6)||1|
|Totals||10 (7)||1||1 (0)||0||11 (7)||1|
Note: Everton Career Stats on ToffeeWeb are updated after every game.
|2013-14||Under-21s||1 (0) & 0 (0)||0 & 0|
|2014-15||Under-21s||3 (1) & 1 (0)||0 & 0|
|2015-16||Under-21s||14 (1) & 4 (1)||1 & 0|