Everton reportedly preparing new deal for Davies

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Everton will seek to tie Tom Davies to an improved new contract following his recent breakthrough into the first team according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo say that the club are planning on offering the 17-year-old a long-term extension to his existing deal which expires next year.

Davies signed professional forms last year and penned a two-year deal but has made rapid progress in the interim which has been recognised at international level with a call-up to train with the senior England team at St George's Park and two appearances for the Blues' first team in the past month.

The Liverpool-born midfielder was particularly impressive on his full debut against Norwich City last Sunday, demonstrating an exciting blend of tenacity, skill and composure alongside his Academy team-mate Kieran Dowell in Everton's midfield.

"Tom Davies was out of this world," raved caretaker manager David Unsworth after the 3-0 win over the Canaries at Goodison Park. “For me, it was everything we want in an Everton centre midfielder; all-action, good on the ball, spots danger. It was a great midfield performance.”  


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Muj Rasul
1 Posted 20/05/2016 at 16:54:10
Get him signed up.
Marty MacDonald
2 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:02:13
Based upon the one game and a bit he's had in the first team recently, it's a good idea to tie him down long term.
Michael Coville
3 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:02:28
Get him signed up ASAP before the vultures come looking.
Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:06:45
I'd sign him for as long as possible.
Les Martin
5 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:29:02
The future of English football if he stays sound and progresses. Had a fabulous game at the weekend,and at just coming on 18 next month, he has everything going for him.

It's no surprise Everton want to offer him a new contract as all the vultures will be circling soon when the news gets out of what we have.

Additionally Dowell, Pennington, Connolly and Kenny will I am sure also have their contracts spruced up a bit soon.
Rahman Talib
6 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:32:32
We don't need Barkley anymore. We have Tom Davies.
Colin Metcalfe
7 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:36:04
I have only seen him play in that game against Norwich but there was enough to see the kid has a lot of potential, let's not get carried away we have had our share of promising kids who in the end did not make the grade but definitely sign him up for another 3 years .
Eugene Kearney
9 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:00:49
Good news - for him and for the club (and for the future of both).
I wish him well. He'll soon be a first team regular.
Jeff Armstrong
10 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:02:33
I know I shouldn't make comparisons, but all through the game last Saturday I was thinking,this lad reminds me of someone, .....a decent Simon Davies, nah... then it hit me Riccardo Montellivo, Italian maestro from a couple of recent tournaments.

Absolutely fantastic playmaker, and I think at 17, for Tom Davies to be running games as he did against Norwich, we should improve his terms NOW before anyone else come sniffing.

By the way, when Kieran Dowell got substituted there was at least 4 or 5 Norwich fans clapping him off, that's how good a impact he had. I just hope these lads don't get lost in our change of management.
Steve Bingham
11 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:04:00
He looks a great prospect.
Mark Ryan
12 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:16:50
Reminded me of watching Alan Whittle when I was a boy.
Garry Corgan
13 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:23:41
Two games isn't enough to make a judgement and, based on past experience, I wouldn't surprised in the slightest if he didn't start another match before being moved on to a Championship club.

On the other hand, his performances in those two games were great and are the only measure we have of assessing his potential. Definitely worth a new contract!

Keith Glazzard
14 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:26:59
Whoever the next manager is will shift many out. But if he doesn't want the likes of Davies in his squad he would be a fool.
John Graham
15 Posted 20/05/2016 at 19:03:43
Looks a fantastic prospect. Hope they can get him to play a few more games in the first team next year. Dowel looks good too. Maybe a bright future ahead for the blues with the quality of youngsters coming through. Get them on long contracts now.
Ian Ainslie
16 Posted 20/05/2016 at 19:25:19
Gary(13) I think two games is enough - I always remember Tony Grant 1994 (?) being trumpeted as a future star, Joe Royle even had an article in the Times stating he was a future England player but in his first few games he just looked off the pace and never quite did it. We all remember Rooney's first game at Goodison and he just looked the part, we knew! I didn't see Tom Davies against Bournemouth so first sight was against Norwich - he's the real deal as is Kieran Dowell. They both may go to a Championship club to learn the game but they are both going to come through. Interesting thing is that RorySmith in the Times picked out Dowell as his MOM whereas most Evertonians would have chosen Davies.
Really excited by our youngsters.
Winston Williamson
17 Posted 20/05/2016 at 19:33:12
Always over-cautious of bigging-up the younger players, but I don't see the reason to send Davies out on loan.

If the lad applies himself like he did against Norwich he is already good enough to be in and around our first team.

Why not replace Gibson (out of contract) with Davies.

I'd imagine next season is likely to be Barry's last too and I cannot see him playing every game.

I'd keep Davies as a first-team player now. He'll gain more in that role than playing in a league he is not likely to play in again...

Ditto Dowell. Why loan him out? Can he not be Pienaar's replacement (out of contract)...id still buy a quality left-sided midfielder/winger too, but Dowell can replace an exiting player...again he'd gain more being in our first team squad than being out on loan...

Colin Malone
18 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:49:43
Credit goes to Kevin Sheedy. Well done Sheeds.
John Dean
19 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:51:53
I saw Tom Davies make his debut for the U21's in the last game of the season two years ago. He came on for the last 10 minutes and ran around battering into people and kicking fresh air and it was obvious he was just an also ran. I saw him a couple more times and still was unimpressed till the beginning of this season when he looked a completely different player. With Liam Walsh starring for Yeovil, Tom and Joe Williams have been in fantastic form for the U21s and have controlled all of the games I've seen. Williams was, according to the papers, wanted by ManU for £1m so he must be a bit miffed not to have had a chance yet although he has been injured for the last couple of games. Mind, he's got to put some beef on whereas Davies looks like an Adonis already.

I was amazed Bobby didn't play some of the younger players in the last 2 games and decided he didn't want to saddle them with being the reason for defeat. But perhaps I am too kind and he was so desperate for a win he turned his back on his often voiced enthusiasm for youth.

Tom should and must be a large part of Everton's future just as his uncle, Alan Whittle, was a large part of our past when his goals late on in the season took us to the League One Championship.

He looks ready for our first team squad now.

Matt Garen
20 Posted 20/05/2016 at 22:18:19
It's a shame that we have no link with say a Dutch or Belgian top flight club that these lads couldn't go and have time with. For me, the championship isn't somewhere where they can develop as its blood and thunder whereas the leagues I've mentioned would be far more conducive to them learning technically. Remember Barkley didn't do a lot when he went down there. At 17 and 18 for Tom and Keiran to play and hold their own in the premier league is worth protecting, getting lumped by a hairy arsed Huddersfield centre half isn't the way forward.
Steve Bell
21 Posted 20/05/2016 at 22:28:39
Did not know Alan Whittle is his uncle. Remember Alan from the 69/70 championship side, wasn't he a substitute who often came on and scored vital goals?

I still have the commenerative edition of the Echo somewhere (a bit frayed at the edges now), to celebrate the title win. Colin Harvey scored the winner at home to WBA to secure the title.
Dan Davies
22 Posted 20/05/2016 at 22:42:23
Let's give these youngsters a chance with us not loan them out, they can replace the likes of Hibbert, Pienaar etc.

Bring them through, sink or swim, backed up by a handful of quality seasoned professionals signed over the summer.

Signings these youngsters can look up to and learn from, the future could be bright for them.

Minik Hansen
23 Posted 20/05/2016 at 22:47:25
Colin #7 some promising kids been making the grade elsewhere (Dier, Mustafi, is there others recent youngsters making it through?). Any sign of stability shouldn't go unnoticed with these kids, all we have now is patience.
Tony Dove
24 Posted 20/05/2016 at 23:02:06
This is a really good positive post. Davies and Dowell look the part to me. I always remember Colin Harvey coming into the team and in his first couple of games, including Inter Milan in the European Cup,it wasn't totally clear how good he might be. Catterick stuck with him and his progress over the next few games was amazing. I feel Davies and Dowell could be in the same mould. Generally the premiership has a load of old lags past their sell by date keeping out the potential stars of the future. Everton have been one of the worst culprits so lets hope whoever takes over changes the culture.
Keith Harrison
25 Posted 21/05/2016 at 00:10:35
Sign him up. Long term deal. If it doesn't work out, nothing lost, but I really like the cut of this lads jib. One for the (not too distant) future methinks.
Phil Sammon
26 Posted 21/05/2016 at 00:18:20
"The future of English football"

Ok Les (5) I think you've watched one too many Roberto Martinez interviews.

Top quality youngster with bags of potential. Let's not burden the lad with this OTT flattery.

Peter Gorman
27 Posted 21/05/2016 at 00:54:39
Totally agree with John Dean @19 - I saw nothing but a very raw kid when he first appeared on the U21 scene. Then that call up to train with England occurred and I thought I'd reassess. It was like looking at a totally different player.

Same goes for Joe Williams - he has flourished with Walsh and Ledson out on loan, just as John said.

Best of all, the whole bunch of them seem to be full of confidence and self-belief, so lacking in the first team; credit to Rhino and the academy staff, they really are doing something right.

Charlie Lloyd
28 Posted 21/05/2016 at 01:13:27
Matt @ 27

The championship is bit more cultured than you give it credit for. You need to watch some more if you've not noticed it.

League 1 and 2 is also a whole lot better than 10 years ago. I'm not saying the likes of Ledson and Walsh will make it but Kenny has spent 4 months with Oxford and it's done him no harm.

Jakob Herd
29 Posted 21/05/2016 at 01:16:28
Peter 27
Can you elaborate on his call up to train with England, was the at U21 level or England first team
Thanks
Peter Gorman
30 Posted 21/05/2016 at 02:44:45
Hi Jakob, unbelievably it was for the first team. He was with the U17s at the time and most reports said he was just there to make up the numbers in training, but he alone was chosen so make of that what you will. Here is a link below;

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/Everton-youngster-tom-davies-trains-10213378

The kid really has come on leaps and bounds.

Minik Hansen
31 Posted 21/05/2016 at 04:06:43
Remember also Galloway, he's been decent this season, some work to do, but he stepped up real nice. We should look forward to Garbutt as well, not to mention Browning. COYB.
Jakob Herd
32 Posted 21/05/2016 at 04:24:12
Thanks Peter

If Someone has to be chosen to make up the numbers then it's most probably the player most likely to join the 1st team.... Good for him let's hope it truly works out

Laurie Hartley
33 Posted 21/05/2016 at 08:46:26
I was impressed with all the youngsters. The other one out the under 21's I am hoping will progress is young Browning. Future centre half of some note.
Paul Ellam
34 Posted 21/05/2016 at 09:09:22
Davies and Dowell - long term deals ASAP please!
Tony Abrahams
35 Posted 21/05/2016 at 09:43:16
John,, Peter, thanks for the reports. If Davies, played for the 21's, two years ago, then he would have still been at school, so it's not surprising he might have struggled at first.

He looks ready to become part of the first team squad now though, if his full debut is anything to go on. As good a performance as I have seen from one so young, (excluding Rooney against Bolton, which was the finest performance I have ever witnessed live) this kid looks to have a good amount of everything. So much energy, and loads of awareness. Likes a tackle and can also play a bIt.

The best thing to me about the kids you have mentioned Peter, is that they are all Scouse kids. same with Jonjoe Kenny, big heart, stopped loads of crosses. Is there anymore?

Steve Carse
36 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:18:22
Everton, League Champions 2020, with a midfield quartet of Dowell, Davies, Ledson and Williams........
Peter Gorman
37 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:24:02
Hi Tony - those midfielders plus Kenny are really the ones that are impressing the most. If one thing really is in their favour more than anything it is their attitude which, as evidenced against Norwich, is utterly fearless.

Ledson and Kenny we've known about since their triumph with England in the U17s Euros (they were truly exceptional), Walsh and the others are more recent revelations.

In all honesty, the way Davies has progressed I wouldn't rule out any single player from the academy making it, as usual it will depend on so many factors, but what is encouraging is the positive environment they are learning in.

However, one other I would tip to watch is Anthony Evans, also still 17. A goal scoring midfielder, what is not to like. I think Martinez once went on about there being 'the perfect number 10' within the academy but wouldn't elaborate - most thought it was Dowell but I've got a hunch he meant Evans.

Chris Owens
38 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:34:16
How much do our younger players really gain when they are out on loan? What about keeping the under-21s together to concentrate on winning trophies and get the winners' mentality, rather than trying to help a lower league team fight relegation?
Peter Gorman
39 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:44:40
Oh, and going back to what Matt and Charlie are saying about the lower league loans – I agree it may not be the ideal solution for everyone, certainly Dowell would have his work cut out for him, but for others it can be the perfect test.

These particular players we are talking about haven't just gone out on loan and done well, they have flourished. Walsh, Ledson and Kenny became mainstays for their adoptive clubs and the managers sang their praises. It brought to mind young John Lundstram's experiences over the last few years, starting well on various loan spells before warming the bench – or even dropping down a division on another loan.

Lundstram was a former youth international with no shortage of skill but nowadays he is warming the bench at Oxford permanently and I wish him all the best but if anything it goes to show that these current kids are just cut from a different cloth. I think their maturity even comes over in their interviews.

I totally heed the advice about not burdening them with expectation but it is so evident that they are not lacking determination or confidence and for that reason alone I do feel greatly optimistic.

John Crawley
40 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:56:23
Tony (#35),

Unsworth said after the Norwich game there were 7 or 8 who are either ready now or will be in 12 months. We've got the best crop of youngsters for decades. I would say he was talking about: Davies, Dowell, Connolly, Williams, Ledson, Walsh, Pennington, Kenny.

Bit overburdened with central midfielders but good times ahead if we can get the right manager to blend them with some quality signings. I also think there's more to come in a few years time as well. The academy staff and Unsworth are doing a great job.

Tony Abrahams
41 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:57:24
Thanks Peter, I look forward to watching him play.

Chris, I see your point, and when Peter talks about environment, I think people sometimes forget, that it's your fellow team-mates, that make up one of the biggest parts of this factor.

I would keep sending them out on loan, because competitive football, is what is going to toughen them up. Two at a time, and keep bringing them back, let them try and out-do each other, and keep forging this real spirit, and competitiveness.

Peter, I also need to watch Liam Walsh, because he's the one who my dad always goes on about. I also heard a little story, which I could never repeat, but I know that some of these kids are also prepared to back each other up in a fight. What is there not to like?

Les Martin
42 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:59:23
Further should they stay or should they go... on loan?

Of course they should go out on loan, these young players need to develop as players and learn character. They won't learn it on spasmodic bench warming at Goodison, and too much play in the first team would put the pressure on.

I want all the young players loaned out, then let them learn their craft and hone their skills, they are young and have lots of time in the future for the first team.

John Crawley
43 Posted 21/05/2016 at 11:22:17
Peter 39 you're wrong about Lundstram, he's been a regular for Oxford all season. There's an Oxford supporter whose been posting on grand old team about Kenny and he can't believe how we let Lundstram go.
He's a really talented lad who was let down by Everton sending him to the wrong clubs for his loans.
John O'Brien
44 Posted 21/05/2016 at 11:44:02
Peter 37.

I'm fairly sure that the No 10 that Martinez referred to is Dowell. Martinez was interviewed on the Everton show and quizzed on this and said that Dowell was very unusual for a British player to be able to play in that No 10 role in between the lines and that he hadn't come across other British players who understood that role as he did.

Evans is also talented but is more of a striker who plays alongside another striker.

Dowell is a more classic No 10 in the Ozil, Silva sort of style.

Also right IMO as it may not be much use sending Dowell on loan to watch the ball sailing over his head for 90mins. This lad is a genuine No 10 and needs a team to play to his strengths. There may not be many teams outside premier league who play to this sort of style.

If you're a Kenny, Ledson, Walsh type of player then this debate isn't necessary as their style and position is also used below premier league level.

Dowell and Davies should be regarded as 1st team squad members anyway. The only development they need is games in the premier league.

David Hallwood
45 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:31:22
As someone who doesn't really follow the progress of our young players but there seems to be a lot if posters who do, are there any strikers waiting in the wings from the academy as they all seem to be midfielders
Tony Abrahams
46 Posted 21/05/2016 at 13:10:29
Thanks John 40. Isn't there also a young kid they got from France, who has been injured? A defensive midfielder, I think?
Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 21/05/2016 at 13:35:34
Like John Dean and Peter Gorman when I first saw Davies and Williams I liked their endeavour and courage but didn't think they were anything special but told myself they were still very young.

I am very pleasantly surprised at the progress they have made, it could have been Williams who came in against Norwich, only for a bad injury which will keep him sidelined well into next season, this gave Tom Davies his chance, but Williams will get his soon.

Kieran Dowell has great skill and is easy on the eye but needs to toughen up, doesn't fight or go looking for the ball, this has to be installed in him.

Because Liam Walsh fights and tackles for every ball don't let that mislead you, he has tons of skill and will make sure everyone around him plays for the team, as will Ledson and Kenny. There are some very good players coming through but every single one of them needs that extra ingredient ---- luck.

I was reading about a player yesterday that I had never heard of Adrian Doherty, who came through the youth system at Man. United at the same time as Ryan Giggs and a few more, he was rated better than Giggs and compared to George Best, by Alec Ferguson, should have made his debut against Everton but was injured, he was sixteen at the time, got a few more injuries and drifted out of football and tragically died aged twenty six.,

There is a book coming out very soon about this lad, looks like it will be a good read,I have gone off the point a bit, but all he needed was the final ingrediant

Tony Abrahams
48 Posted 21/05/2016 at 13:41:05
How did he die Dave? Did his life go down the wrong path?
John O'Brien
49 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:24:47
Dave Abrahams 47

Re: Kieran Dowell needing to toughen up and go looking for the ball. With respect and I know what you're getting at, but would you make that observation about an Ozil, Silva or Erikssen. These are the types of player you are looking at or comparing to as theses guys don't go charging about the field looking for the ball.
These sort of players exist to provide the game changing quality that they can provide. None of these guys are physically very strong but are all technically excellent and they all play in advanced midfield positions. Not all midfield players are the same.
If Kieran Dowell does make the grade and I think he will it will be because he provides these game changing moments not due to being physically the strongest or the most hard working. You could also throw this accusation at guys like Osman and Pienaar who have had 15 year careers at the top level. There are others like Tom Davies who can provide this more durable quality.

Dave Abrahams
50 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:34:14
Tony (48) Adrian by all accounts wasn't your run of the mill footballer or lad, he was into music, loved Bob Dylan, used to ride into training on a second hand bike with a guitar around his back, used to sing all the time after training.

He had great skill and the harder you tackled him he got up and asked for more, he was into poetry and was gifted in a lot of ways apart from football.

Alex Ferguson offered him a five year contract, Adrian said one year will be enough to be going on with, after his football career finished he worked in various dead end jobs, he was from Colraine in Northern Ireland and went back home where he became a busker singing in pubs around Ireland.

He eventually went to busk in Amsterdam and making his way home to his flat in Amsrterdam he fell into a canal and drowned, he had a phobia about water, was terrified of it and couldn't swim.

His life story, in print,is coming out shortly and as I said it should make a very interesting and sad story, I'll let you buy it for my birthday.

Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:48:36
John (49) yes you have obviously seen Kieranand if he gets to the level of the players you mention, no I wouldn't complain about him. Let's be clear John I like Dowell but it is still a failing, lack of tackling and can be improved, I think Silva does his fair share of tackling and probing for the ball and Osman despite his size wasn't frightened of Putting his foot in and Pienaar didn't lack courage and did more than his fair share of helping out in defence and getting his tackles in and winning them, plus harassing the opposition players into mistakes.

Let's see how Kieran progresses, he has great skill that's for sure and I can see Goodison Park erupting in pleasure when he scores with his excellent free kicks, Finally John, it's great to give credit to our young players, A little criticism will not do any harm, especially when it is given with good intentions, i.e. to try and improve players.

Tom Bowers
52 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:50:32
The lad along with a few others look promising but we have to see if they move to the next level when the opportunities arise.
Remember Frannie Jeffers, Jose Baxter etc. etc.
The problem is that they have to compete with players brought in for big money and getting paid big money.
It's hard for any youngster to make his name in that kind of scenario but if he's good enough he will make it.
Like Barklay he may have to go on a loan spell until the time is right.
However, with a new manager coming in who knows what will happen.
It's all and's, if's, but's and maybe's so we will have to hope it won't be long before things happen.
The speculation about De Boer may be the right thinking and if so, a connection to the 2 Erevidisie stars could also ensue.
We would like to think that certain deals would take place before the Euros so that new faces could be integrated well before the new Prem. season starts.
Bill Griffiths
53 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:22:55
I really do hope this lad makes it. He certainly looked the part against Norwich and looked a totally different player than when I watched him in an U21 pre-season game at Wrexham.

The lads who really stood out that game were the ones we all hear about Ledson, Dowell and Walsh. To me that day, ability wise Tom looked pretty average/mediocre, however what did impress me about him that day was his fitness. He must have covered every blade of grass on the racecourse ground twice over. He was in midfield, back helping in defence and also up front. I don't think I've ever seen a player work so hard.

He's obviously improved his all round game greatly during the season and good luck to the lad. He's obviously got the love of the Blues and the desire to get there, lets hope he does.

Dick Brady
54 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:18:23
Adrian Doherty seems to be Man Utd's lost genius. Every club seems to have one. Most likely Everton's is Billy Kenny.
John Dean
55 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:39:02
We haven't been blessed with many goalscorers in the U21s. Chris Long (now at Burnley) and McAleny were the most consistent scorers. I don't think Sam Byrne, Calum Dyson, David Henen are Premier League standard and Courtney Duffus has to train on a fair bit to take full advantage of his speed and size. There are some talents in the u18s, Brewster is exciting and Shane Lowry I like, but I agree with Peter that Antony Evans is a goalscorer of note, reading the play well to get into favourable positions and composed when the ball's at his feet and a clinical finisher. He does play as a striker but impresses me most when playing a bit deeper as he has an eye for a forward pass and speed to get in the box from midfield (his goal against Liverpool at St Helens being a perfect example).
Tony Abrahams
56 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:22:52
Bill 53, I was listening to that Evertonian idiot, Mike Parry today, and he was talking about why he loved Alan Ball so much. He said he was the youngest player in the World Cup final, and he was also the hardest working player on the pitch.

He said this was a trait with Alan Ball, throughout his career, and was wondering why every player couldn't work this hard?

I don't think I have ever heard Parry talk that much sense before, and I started to think about it. The answer was simple really, it's a special gift for a footballer, especially when they also have a good brain. I think stamina is something that will set Tom Davies apart from most other players.

Andy Crooks
57 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:30:10
Winston, totally disagree with you about Gibson but I think you make a good point about loans. I don't think loaning out should be seen as an automatic phase of development. If we have a real talent, get him in the team, our team.
John Dean
58 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:50:39
Alan Ball lit up Goodison Park with his skill, enthusiasm, energy and joy. But that wasn't the player we sold to Arsenal.
Tamhas Woods
59 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:16:34
Got a gem here - already making Cleverly look amateurish and even putting McCarthy in the shade to an extent!

Easily the best young midfielder we've had since Billy Kenny.

Davies, if you're reading this, make football your life and your only priority. Right now you have an amazing future ahead - don't let anyone, or anything, change that.

Look forward to seeing him in the starting lineup on day one.

Tony Abrahams
60 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:38:26
Great advice Tamhas.
Phil Smith
61 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:07:04
Peter (39), Lundstram's hardly been warming the bench. He's been a massive part of their push for promotion, winning rave reviews in the process.
Dave Abrahams
62 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:41:22
Tony (56) Alan Ball trained the way he played, he gave it his all, he used to roar at Joe Royle in training, for not taking it seriously enough, Joe was too easy going.

Alan Ball was good young player who became the brilliant player he was by his constant endeavour to train and learn all the time, he was helped by his dad but strove to improve his all round game any way he could, he definitely earned the great career he had, mostly by his own effort.

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