Davies signs new five-year contract

Monday 3 April 2017  42 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton have rewarded rising teenage star Tom Davies for his impressive performances at first-team level with a new deal on improved terms.

The 18-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year contract that now ties him to the Blues until 2022. It replaces the deal he signed only last August.

An unknown to the Premier League at large before late December, Davies has become a first-choice starter in Ronald Koeman's team since the turn of the year and scored his first Everton goal in spectacular fashion against Manchester City in January.

A future Blues legend and England international in the making, the Liverpool-born midfielder says he is thrilled to be achieving success with the club he joined as an 11-year-old.

“It means everything to me to get a chance to be in the Everton first team and to try to stay there,” Davies said. “It's an unbelievable feeling.

“Everton has a long tradition of bringing young players through and the incentive has always been there for me to try to progress with the Club.

“I used to look at Mikel Arteta and aspire to be out there playing alongside my heroes and, obviously, Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley who came through the Academy here, too, have been inspirational figures for me.

“Hopefully, young players in the Academy now can see how I have been able to progress and make my way to the Everton first team, just as Matty, Callum, Kieran and Jonjoe have also done, but we all know that the hard work doesn't stop because we want to be part of taking the Club to the next level as well."  

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Sue Brown
1 Posted 03/04/2017 at 21:26:12
Very well deserved, he has earned this and will hopefully continue to improve his game.
Dave Ganley
2 Posted 03/04/2017 at 21:42:10
Good news; keep progressing the way he is and he will become a top player.
Jack Convery
3 Posted 03/04/2017 at 21:55:24
A good day to release really good news.
Alexander Murphy
4 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:06:57
Absolutely delighted. In the team on merit alone. Can't believe that one of my current favourite players is just 18 and a Blue Blood. Utterly thrilled. Feels almost like being out on the pitch meself.
Peter Kowalski
5 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:14:56
Best XI Last Premier League round
Best XI Premier League
Tony Draper
6 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:19:10
Spot on, Dave. As Alex also says, bloody difficult to believe that he's just 18. We've desperately needed a tiger in midfield for far too long.

Idrissa is utterly awesome. And we need to resist approaches. Signing our own Tom up for five years is exciting.

Ray Roche
7 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:23:54
Excellent news. Let's hope that he doesn't get put under the spotlight and is expected to reach impossible heights before he is capable. Let him mature at HIS pace, not the pace some ToffeeWebbers would expect.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:32:55
Great news for Tom and us. Keep your feet on the ground, Tom. If you can walk with kings...
Brian Wilkinson
9 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:48:40
Great news, made up for the player, well deserved.
Paul Conway
10 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:50:40
'A future England star in the making.'

Err, em, I thought we hated International football. Does that mean that it's okay if Ross Barkley orr Tom Davies get to play for England?

Yet, it's a total pissoff when lads from the other home countries participate for their respective Countries?


Brian Murray
11 Posted 03/04/2017 at 22:58:57
Made up for you, Tom. Now try turning up in a derby, like Bally would... not like the Moyes - Martinez bellends you play with.
Nick Armitage
12 Posted 03/04/2017 at 23:04:58
I can't get my head around how he's already got everything and he's only 18. In 2 years this lad is going to be operating in a different stratosphere to Barkley.

I couldn't give a toss whether Barkley signs his contract, this is the one that needed nailing down.

Phil Bellis
13 Posted 03/04/2017 at 23:05:14
I saw the sitting on the sofa interview with the 3 youngsters and the things I was impressed with and smiled about was their obvious intelligence, camaraderie and humour... The out takes made me laugh... 3 grounded young men, credit to their families and the club.

Mark Andersson
14 Posted 03/04/2017 at 23:23:29
Congrats, Tom. I hope he stays focused until the end of the season.

Nick, support your team, don't slag em off...

Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 03/04/2017 at 23:40:33
Well in, Everton. May the young man be a mainstay in the club for many years to come.
Steven Jones
16 Posted 03/04/2017 at 23:47:46
Like him loads – loved the run and goal at the Street, a moment never to be forgotten. Great heart and a terrier. I hope he can keep up the energy and keep building the momentum he has created...

Note though that, although Ross is getting some stick, Tom got the wrong side for their goal– went to ground and our back line was exposed... being better positioned, stronger in the jostling and not going to ground would have stopped the goal.

Still, he will learn from the experience... and only if it is a pattern will it be a problem .

Anthony Dwyer
18 Posted 03/04/2017 at 00:01:42
Nick @12.

Tbh your comment is the type of comment that builds pressure on our young players.

Yes Davies is a very good player, but already you put a 2-year marker on him becoming better than Barkley whilst writing Barkley off.

We will have Liam Walsh or someone else through next season and as soon as Davies has a tough spell I'm sure you will hang him out to dry too.

Can't we just congratulate Davies without comparing him to other players!

If he does surpass Ross, then great, but if you keep comparing him, there will always be a level he can't get to and then the tables turn and we pick faults.

James Watts
19 Posted 04/04/2017 at 00:45:41
Like most Evertonians, absolutely chuffed to bits with this.

Fingers crossed he goes on to fulfil his potential as he seems to have tremendous ability.

Important we. as fans, back him all the way and not get on his back if he struggles for a few games.

Some good news after the weekend.

Don Alexander
20 Posted 04/04/2017 at 01:29:58
Tom looks like a player... but where he'll be in two years time is completely unknown. The way football now is, he'll have to find a specialist midfield position pretty quickly.

Defensive mid seems to be a non-starter given Idrissa and Morgan but will he have the aptitude to assume the Reidy role, tough tackling, ever available, ball-retaining know-how before killer little passes to willing runners (Lookman surely being one of them, maybe Bolasie the other).

Or will he be expected to perform the Bally role of goal-scoring catalyst to the entire attack, the answer to our fabled "No 10" conundrum?

I just hope that at 18/19 he's not the finished product, good as he is, and that he further develops physically and mentally to become a marked man for every team we play, and still wipes the floor with them.

Richard Reeves
21 Posted 04/04/2017 at 02:25:17
It's good to get him signed up for another five years so quickly after his last contract. It's what should of happened with Barkley instead of leaving it way too late by offering a contract with less than two years remaining. Hopefully he'll sign though, and Koeman can bring another high prospect central midfielder through in Walsh who looks very talented IMO.
Brian Porter
22 Posted 04/04/2017 at 06:21:19
Totally delighted for young Tom. Being the nephew of Alan Whittle, this is great news as a second generation of the family starts to make a name with Everton FC. (Google him if you're too young to remember his uncle playing for us.) In many ways his style of play echoes Whittle's swashbuckling style that made him popular with the fans in his day.

I'm not putting any weight of expectation on Tom, I'm just happy for him and wish him every success as he continues to develop his career with us.

Liam Reilly
23 Posted 04/04/2017 at 08:14:40
Good news and good on the club for acting swiftly and tying him down..

Some comments above on his showing in the derby. He's far from the finished article and still needs senior pros to guide him, especially in games like that. Barry should've started to give him that support (but then Koeman would've got hammered).

Mark Hughes
24 Posted 04/04/2017 at 08:40:57
Needs to sort his hair out and shave – wear your hair like Zlatan when you've done it all.
Jon Withey
25 Posted 04/04/2017 at 08:48:08
Even if he stays at the same level as he is now, he's Premier League quality and I'm delighted for him – and Ross for that matter!
Peter Murray
26 Posted 04/04/2017 at 08:59:17
Great news. A future captain of the club. All credit to Koeman for recognising his potential and bringing him on so quickly.

And well done also for the courage shown in standing by the other youngsters. Let's hope their development matches that of Davies. The future is looking bright.

Ernie Baywood
27 Posted 04/04/2017 at 09:36:07
I was guilty of underestimating this lad's ability earlier in the season. Can't wait to see how he continues to develop.

The contract is well deserved and I'm pleased for him but the cynic in me can't help but feel it's good news just for the sake of having good news. We weren't going to lose him where we?

Barry Pearce
28 Posted 04/04/2017 at 10:31:52
Well said, Ray (#7).
Colin Hughes
29 Posted 04/04/2017 at 11:34:31
That's Everton for you... the team just puts in yet another woeful performance in a big match and a few days later they start rewarding players with bigger and better contracts.

Let them achieve something first then tell them how good they are, eg, Gerrard across the park or the so-called Fergie fledglings in the '90s.

We are doomed to continual failure with this policy of "look how great we've been with youngsters".

Tony J Williams
30 Posted 04/04/2017 at 12:30:20
Fucking eh, Colin?

I have the feeling that the contract negotiations took more than 1 day, fella.

Get twatted at Anfield, here's a new contract we have drawn up on the fly, Tom, do you fancy it?

Stan Schofield
31 Posted 04/04/2017 at 12:39:49
Colin, are you serious? Tom Davies is a fantastic prospect, and he's been putting in great performances. The derby debacle was down, once again, to shite tactics away from home, which is Koeman's fault. If the tactics aren't right, the players will struggle no matter how hard they try.
Ian Riley
32 Posted 04/04/2017 at 13:18:05
Colin, there is some truth in what you are saying but the club has three years to see how well he develops. The club are in a situation if they wait another year or 18 months he can talk to other clubs.

I also think Barkley will be sold in the summer and this will be better for both parties. Expectations on him every game are too great and not signing a contract means one outcome. I don't know how much his new contract is but 𧴜,000 a week should be the limit.

Unbelievable talking of players salaries. Surgeons at the top of their pay scale receive around 𧴡,000 a year.

Peter Gorman
33 Posted 04/04/2017 at 13:31:23
If Lukaku is a "human boy" what does that make Tom Davies?
Nick Armitage
34 Posted 04/04/2017 at 13:53:34
Anthony Dwyer – Davies is 5 years younger than Barkley and I have written Barkley off, he's not going to become the player everyone wants him to be, all the well-intentioned molly coddling isn't going to change that.

I know of plenty of signings at Everton at the age of 23 who got hammered for some of the stuff Barkley does and doesn't do. I don't understand why Barkley should be immune to criticism, there seems to be an expectation that you don't lay into him because he is a blue.

There is a reason that he can't get into the worst England midfield of the last 2 decades and I suspect Ian Riley is right in that Barkley moves on this summer.

If Rooney comes back, I don't see a role for Barkley in the team for the next 2 years and I can't see the club bringing in Rooney to mentor a 23-year-old who should be coming into his best years now.

As for Davies the only factor that will stop Davies outstripping Barkley will be injury.

The points that Don Alexander raises about defining a role for himself are valid but I suspect his energy and reading of the game means he'll be able to play anywhere in midfield that he wants to. I haven't been this excited about an Everton player since Rooney but this time the club are far better placed to hang on to him.

Damian Wilde
35 Posted 04/04/2017 at 17:43:20
Fantastic nrws. I said very early on this season he should be playing; his cameo last season was enough for me.

Colin, ffs, chill out.

I've said for a long time, Barkley isn't good enough and I still stand by that. Barkley has an 8/10 game and with some fans, he's suddenly the best midfielder in the world.

Agree with Nick. If we'd signed him two years ago from Spartak Moscow and his name was Igor, he would be gwtting destroyed on these pages.

I hope we sell him, he annoys me frequently at Goodison wirh his poor decision making and losing the ball a lot.

Ray Roche
36 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:19:48
Nick Armitage (#34)

"I don't understand why Barkley should be immune to criticism."

Nick, don't you come onto ToffeeWeb much anymore? Barkley has been battered on here by loads of posters so I don't know where you get the idea that he's been mollycoddled.

I think that the very fact that he IS a local and a Blue means that he'll get more stick than someone who has been brought in. Harvey, Reid, Temple, Osman, Hibbert and Barkley, in fact most local lads have all been verbally hammered on here or in the ground prior to ToffeeWeb's existence.

Alasdair Mackay
37 Posted 04/04/2017 at 19:07:51
Speaks volumes that we only heard that this might be happening a day or so ago and then it was done – none of your 99.99999% for 6 months nonsense!

Personally I would love Barkley to sign a new contract. I think he is a very good player and teams don't like playing against him. His ability to turn away from a challenge is exceptional and he is a potential match winner every time he steps out on to the pitch. So he is yet to have a good derby performance, but he has had enough man-of-the-match displays this season alone to warrant a new contract.

Lukaku can go for the right money. Always had one foot out of the door, anyway – never really felt like an Everton player and we will probably get 㿼m + for him this summer.

Jim Bennings
38 Posted 05/04/2017 at 06:17:51
I might be in the minority and I could change my mind but I'm not seeing Tom Davies really yet!

Apart from the goal against Man City all I've witnessed is another relatively sideways midfielder; sure he has a bit of energy but I'm not convinced he's yet as good as everyone bangs on about like he's already made it.

The kids young and might improve but I'm not entirely sure what his main role is going to be in the middle.

As for Barkley? I'd be quite happy if we got a £30 million bid to move him on, if ever a guy fails to produce the goods it's him.

Plenty of skill but the brains of a peanut and will never be a good enough attacking midfielder for where this club should be aiming to be.

Stan Schofield
39 Posted 05/04/2017 at 09:48:50
It only takes a couple of relatively poor performances before we get the usual posts questioning the usefulness of individual players. Davies has made a great contribution, arguably playing a part in Barkley's improved form (remember that, prior to the derby game?). Every player has dips in form.
Bill Griffiths
40 Posted 05/04/2017 at 10:03:08
Ideally, Davies should be taken out of the firing line for a game or two but, given our injury problems at the moment, it's not something we can do.
Andy Meighan
41 Posted 07/04/2017 at 14:09:05
Ray (#36),

It's got nothing to do with being a local lad and a Blue. It's all to do with him being a very inconsistent footballer and his reluctance to release the ball when others are better placed.

And as others have pointed out, Barkley's decision-making is shocking and I doubt it's going to get any better. I've given him the benefit of the doubt on many occasions but I can't no more because he is so frustrating.

I'd sell him this summer and he can take Pele... er, I mean Lukaku with him as well. Infuriating pair of fuckers.

Eugene Ruane
42 Posted 07/04/2017 at 14:58:40
Andy (#41) – You say 'It's all to do with him being a very inconsistent footballer and his reluctance to release the ball when others are better placed' and add 'I'd sell him this summer.'

Well let's hope we get Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Sànchez or WBA's Phillips to replace him then..with those four being the only Premier League players with more assists.

Nick Armitage
43 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:22:58
Eugene if you measure how good a player is by stats does that mean you wouldn't sign David Silva, Coutinho, Hazard who have created less.

This often quoted stat may be true but it's hardly surprising everything goes through him by default. It's an indication of the dearth of attacking talent in the team and shouldn't be used to hide the fact that Barkley has an utter absence of footballing brains that no coach can fix. I'd cash in tomorrow.

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