The teenager has enjoyed a dizzyingly fast rise to prominence at Goodison Park just weeks after making his first appearance for the Blues under Ronald Koeman and was just named the PFA Fans' Player of the Month for January.
He scored his first goal in the 4-0 demolition of Manchester City and has also weighed in with two assists, underscoring his readiness for the senior side just weeks after Koeman had insisted he still had a way to go.
Despite being just 18, Davies had emerged as the standout member of David Unsworth's Under-23s over the first half of this season, raising the clamour from observers of the development squad that he could make a real difference at first-team level.
Koeman was initially resistant but with each substitute appearance over the festive period, it became clear that despite being only 18, Davies was good enough and strong enough to handle Europe's most demanding league.
"I wasn't ready [at the time]," Davies told Dominic King in an interview for MailOnline. "I was playing for the Under 23s. I heard what people were saying but I could see, even in training, how much I needed to improve.
"[The manager] took the time to leave me out and let me develop and that has given me confidence and experience.
"For him to be coaching me — and his brother (Erwin) as well — they are really helpful and I'm just trying to take everything on board.
"I feel like I have fitted in well since he gave me a chance. I feel like I am part of it. The time being out of the team was worth the wait. I feel ready now."
Despite being so impressive during his starting roles last month, Davies's place in the side isn't guaranteed such is the competition for places in a midfield stocked with capable players.
He started the game against Bournemouth on the bench but was introduced as a second-half substitute as Koeman successfully re-established the Blues' superiority in a mad-cap contest that yielded nine goals.
"You see it in training with people stepping it up every day, wanting a shirt," Davies explained. "When you get that, the team is only going to go on to better things.
"I know I'm going to have to work harder than I have ever done. I will do that."
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1 Posted 09/02/2017 at 00:14:20
I think a fit Davies, Gueye and Schneiderlin together could be quite something.
2 Posted 09/02/2017 at 00:33:39
I expect Tom to clip close and if he does, then it will be a good day for home grown talent and EFC. If he maintains his focus and desire to learn, Tom Davies will be our future Captain?
3 Posted 09/02/2017 at 00:38:54
I wonder did Steve Walsh have any input in his elevation, along the lines, "well the best young prospect I see is under our noses". It's a fantastic boost to see him play so well and talk so well and appreciatively of the coaching staff.
5 Posted 09/02/2017 at 01:57:15
6 Posted 09/02/2017 at 03:17:52
The bigger issue is at the moment that stems from Davies inclusion in the side is Everton have played their best, at 3-5-2. It has balance and all players in their preferred role.
Personally it's Morgan, Gana and Davies for me. That leaves it a straight fight between Ross, Lookman & Mirallas for playing with Rom.
I hope he doesn't go 4-3-2-1, we had a gutful of it under Martinez and if you look beyond the boat load of gifted goals last Saturday, then, it was abandoned and didn't work either.
Som think a 4-3-3 works but, we just sag back all the time to 4-5-1. Isolating Rom.
7 Posted 09/02/2017 at 07:01:10
Lovely to hear Tom so appreciative of the coaching he is getting from Koeman. A level-headed young man who is on the way to being a top class player.
8 Posted 09/02/2017 at 08:07:22
If it takes Tom another two years to establish himself as a solid regular name in the first team then that would still be very early in his career. Something tells me that it will not take Tom another two years.
Tom Davies chosen, not manufactured.
9 Posted 09/02/2017 at 08:07:30
Even if he thought it, do you reckon Davies would come out and say:
"I knew I was ready to help the 1st team and it was foolish of Koeman to leave it this long"?
Of course not. He's a respectful young man. I think you'll have to look elsewhere to satisfy your point-scoring, John.
10 Posted 09/02/2017 at 08:10:16
Have Macca and Barry to rotate (Besic too) as required seems to give strength in depth.
A fit and confident Ross or Ademola up with Rom feels good.
Just need to get a quality beast to sit in the back 3!!
13 Posted 09/02/2017 at 13:59:28
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15 Posted 09/02/2017 at 15:07:47
You can chop and change the wide men and the No 10 but these are good player in key positions. Where and how much would you need to pay for anything as good as these players? That's if you could find them.
17 Posted 09/02/2017 at 19:09:33
The only thing better than having a scouser in the ranks is having several.
18 Posted 09/02/2017 at 21:18:48
After all, Rom's in his 5th season, 4 as a regular, and just now is looking the complete player. Ross the same. An obvious talent, Deulofeu, is trying to establish himself again; at his FOURTH club. Hell, McCarthy's in his 8th season and Koeman is looking for him to improve his attacking game.
Davies is coming from a league where most won't make it to the top. To play as he has against the big boys, he's progressing fast; looking every bit the real deal.
19 Posted 10/02/2017 at 01:50:46
I have waited in vain for years hoping someone, someday, might fill his white boots until now. I firmly believe Davies can develop into the player Ball was for us. I couldn't pay him a higher compliment.
Mr Perpetual Motion, was the description often given to Ball. However, his game was so much more than that. His vision, lightening reflexes, speed of thought, ball winning attributes, aggression, flair and a terrific goal scoring return for a midfielder was second to none. He broke the British transfer record of his day when signing for Everton and I have no doubt that he would do exactly the same today, in this inflated market place of imposters.
He wasn't much older than Davies when he helped England to World Cup victory and continued to play continually at the highest level for many years to the same quality of performance. With this in mind, I hope Mr Koeman continues to make Davies an ever present.
I would like to see Tom Davies ultimately deployed as an attacking midfielder and be given the freedom to link play. His creative talents will be wasted if he is restricted to more defensive duties. From what we have witnessed so far, I have seen enough to believe he can become the midfield general that we have been so desperately missing for so long.
There is no end to what this boy can achieve, given the opportunity to shine. His confidence is a breath of fresh air and I'm quite sure that even given his tender years, just like the wonderful Alan Ball before him, he will thrive on the pressure of playing at the highest level.
20 Posted 10/02/2017 at 09:03:51
Let's leave him to do exactly what he is doing very well without comparing him to a World Cup winner, record transfer breaker, and best post-war player Everton have ever had in his first break-through season.
21 Posted 11/02/2017 at 13:29:04
He'll pick and choose when to use him now and not over expose him and bring him along nicely. And with the quality we have in there, he will learn a great deal every day in training and hopefully turn out to be a cracking player!
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