The making of Tom Davies - the Everton teenager with a style all his own

Tuesday 17 January 2017  9 Comments  [Jump to last]
Chris Bascombe describes the 18-year-old's rise from Tranmere U11s to the big stage at Goodison Park and the importance to his development of him staying in schoolboy football as he rose through the Academy.

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Anthony Dwyer
1 Posted 17/01/2017 at 09:58:04
Decent little read.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 17/01/2017 at 15:17:07
Interesting quote from the article:

"Everton's Under-23 coach, David Unsworth, was championing his promotion to the first team for most of last season..."

Even last season, Rhino thought he was ready. Both Martinez and Koeman resisted for a while.

Best line in the article is the last one. Special thanks to Sissoko for walking away!

Matthew Williams
3 Posted 17/01/2017 at 16:53:19
We could have a very special talent here... early signs look very good like.

Our youth players are our silver lining at the moment.

Rupert Sullivan
4 Posted 19/01/2017 at 08:44:45
The interesting thing to my mind was after he scored his goal on Sunday. Tom ran to the corner and was congratulated by the players, but he then took the time to go and celebrate with the fans in the stand...

The Telegraph article mentions that he is humble and level-headed; perhaps, but he also seems to share the fan's passion for the club, and he understands the fan's desire to share their own passion for the club with him. I cannot remember the last time I saw an example of that! Fair play to you, Tom.

Michael Lynch
5 Posted 19/01/2017 at 09:04:47
I was at Chelsea for our humiliating defeat earlier this season. Davies came on and instantly looked our best player – as much for his positive attitude as anything else.

Some young players stand out as soon as you see them play, not necessarily for something flash like a screamer of a volley, but often just because they look comfortable on the pitch, like they have no doubts about whether they should be there or not.

Davies is one of those. He's definitely got a bright future, as long as he can stay clear of injuries and keep progressing.

Dave Roberts
6 Posted 19/01/2017 at 12:39:12
Don't get too carried away. After all, Michael Owen reckons he's actually shite and will be looking forward to a decent career in League One.

Obviously, Mr Owen, the bookie's friend, knows a lot more about football than I do because I think Davies has the potential to be a great player. In fact I'm so stupid he even reminds me of Alan Ball in many ways – his tenacity, his energy, his bravery, his determination, his ability to see a pass, his thirst for the ball and last but not least his obvious love for the club.

But then I'm not Michael Owen, am I?

Chris Williams
7 Posted 19/01/2017 at 13:05:43
No, Dave, you're not... for which you should give thanks each and every day.

Boring brain-dead twat that he is.

Dave Roberts
8 Posted 19/01/2017 at 16:28:37
It's not the socks rolled down that bothers me, it's the lack of shinpads. There are still a few nasty bastards out there who might think scraping their studs down a naked limb is a good idea.

Mind you, I can think of a few very good players who liked that fashion too... One of them was one of the best wingers we ever had!

Apart from Thomas, didn't Alex Scott tend to play with his socks rolled down as well? Maybe another old-timer can help me remember. Maybe Jimmy Husband at times too.

Don Alexander
9 Posted 22/01/2017 at 17:30:20
That lad has the street savvy smartness endemic to winning. It's fantastic that he was allowed to stay loyal to his school football. Shows he had a desire to play and play to win. It does make me wonder about the academies the though, including ours.

I've had the feeling watching some young players that they're more concerned about how it looks rather than how effective than their football is. Character seems to have sacrificed at the altar of efficiency, which is a shame. Is this what happens in academies?

Tom Davies seems to let his character shine through though, and what a good character it seems to be. Early days, but very, very promising indeed, and hopefully the promise will have matured to consistent excellence by the time he makes 21.

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