The midfielder, who captained England to U17 European Championship glory as a teenager left Everton last year to join Oxford United in a permanent deal and won the League Two club's Player of the Season award this season.
He has been snapped up, however, for an undisclosed fee by Preston who missed out on the play-offs by one place this season as they chased promotion to the Premier League.
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1 Posted 17/05/2018 at 17:49:48
2 Posted 17/05/2018 at 18:12:22
I think Ledson might be the player we are missing but perhaps Walsh more so. He was the best passer of the three.
3 Posted 17/05/2018 at 18:17:21
4 Posted 17/05/2018 at 19:40:24
5 Posted 17/05/2018 at 19:55:35
I was impressed by Ledson, being brave enough to leave because he wanted to play proper competitive football and better himself, so for that reason, I hope he makes it right to the top?
Walsh, has just done the same thing, so good luck to him as well, and it will also be interesting to see what happens to Joe Williams next year.
I really don't understand why the top English clubs don't have "B Teams" like in some other countries, because when you consider what Everton must spend on their academy each season then it would probably be enough to keep Tranmere and the likes, running for three years?
6 Posted 17/05/2018 at 20:19:37
7 Posted 17/05/2018 at 21:12:26
When he broke into the U23s, he made a quick impact but, in the season before he left, he didn't seem to have added anything more to his game. In particular, I didn't think he could play the ball forward as well as the other two. But Preston for sure don't agree with me.
8 Posted 17/05/2018 at 21:25:39
I think it's been happening to Tom Davies, this season, and he's one who maybe needs a few weeks away from the game to take stock, and realise why he was doing so well, until Koeman, possibly started to change him?
I heard Ledson, was a very good passer of the ball, so maybe the game was getting to easy, or the Martinez, obsession with possession, was maybe taking over his game?
9 Posted 18/05/2018 at 00:37:47
Compare that to what we do.
10 Posted 18/05/2018 at 00:43:53
Seemed to me he was just rushing everything, none of the calm confidence we saw last year. Could be growing pains, or sophomore slump, or maybe Koeman did rattle his confidence.
Needs some quiet words from our next manager.
11 Posted 18/05/2018 at 04:45:44
12 Posted 18/05/2018 at 08:04:32
I think you have used the best description when you say that Davies's game has been rushed, Mike, because that's what it looks like at times. I remember watching Erwin Koeman warming him up at home to Split, and although I sit on the back row of the Upper Gwladys, it was obvious by the hand movements of the coach that he wanted Tom to just pass, pass and pass.
I'm not sure that this is the kid's game, and although he's struggled at times this season, I expect him to come through because this kid never hides and just keeps going, which shows immense bravery imo.
13 Posted 18/05/2018 at 11:22:06
14 Posted 18/05/2018 at 11:27:19
15 Posted 18/05/2018 at 13:47:20
16 Posted 18/05/2018 at 13:54:10
My opinion is that Tom Davies was considered a better prospect than Ledson and Ledson was sold to remove him from being a block to Davies natural progression into the first team.
I still think Davies is the better prospect. It was surprising at the time as Ledson was highly thought of.
17 Posted 18/05/2018 at 14:00:40
Passing has never really been a big part of Davies game. Winning the ball back and laying it off and getting forward where his strengths. I see him as a Gueye type only with much superior ball skills.
18 Posted 18/05/2018 at 16:00:34
19 Posted 18/05/2018 at 17:21:23
I read it as you saying that Ledson was allowed to leave so as not to stop Davies's progress... which, if correct, must have been an opinion that was shared by everyone at Finch Farm.
I hope that Ledson goes right to the top because his actions showed me that he wasn't scared of dropping down into the Football League to prove himself, which is the kind of attitude that I hope is rewarded in the long term.
20 Posted 18/05/2018 at 17:24:04
21 Posted 18/05/2018 at 18:37:45
Hopefully Brands will help Tom, Kieron and Joe plus others to become first team regulars and provide some of the desire missing last season.
22 Posted 18/05/2018 at 18:56:42
23 Posted 18/05/2018 at 21:16:24
Ledson was very highly rated and although offered a new contract and a better deal he preferred to move and play first team football at a lower league and maybe because he was getting more money at Oxford. Liam Walsh also preferred that route and moved to Bridtol City for a reported £1,5 M, he hasn't played regularly there but I don't know if he has been injured. Joe Williams was an all action midfielde, tenacious and a good ball winner, Joe had a bad injury which kept him out for a very long spell and it took him months to get back into the game and he appeared to have lost some pace, although he had a very good season last year at Barnsley who offered Everton decent money to make his move permenant, this never materialised. Tom Davies had a hard season just gone but I think we all have to remember that Tom is still a very young and he is capable of improvement as long as he is looked after properly.
It's great to see young players come in and show what they can do, Jonjo Kenny after just one season in a struggling side got as much stick as praise on here although he played his heart out every time he put on a Blue Shirt, I think there is plenty to come from Jonjo and he will be challenging Seamus for that shirt very soon, in the meantime he will prove to be an able deputy.
I hope the new man from Holland takes note of the many young players coming through the ranks and makes ample use of his talent in the next few years.
24 Posted 19/05/2018 at 04:22:08
My hunch is that it's only ever attitude, dedication and the ability to behave like a grown man after that.
26 Posted 20/05/2018 at 14:15:22
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