Marco Silva has ruled out sending Tom Davies away on loan for the second half of the season, insisting the young midfielder remains an important member of the squad.
Davies was a first-team regular for 18 months after he broke onto the scene under Ronald Koeman and made national headlines with a sensational goal at Goodison Park against today's opponents, Manchester City in January 2017.
He has found his chances restricted of late by the return to fitness of season-long loan signing, André Gomes, and that has led some to speculate that he might be best served by a loan move, either to another Premier League club or in the Championship.
Silva was emphatic when asked whether he would consider loaning Davies out, putting Davies's prolonged spell on the substitutes' bench down to the form of players in his position rather than any reflection of his ability or prior displays.
"No way,” the Portuguese said. “Impossible. No way.”
"Tom is part of our squad. He is an important player for me and an important player for us as a club. He is the present and the future of our club.
"I know Tom is not playing the last few games but that is not his fault. It is because the players in that position are playing very well.
"When I changed to start with Andre for the first time against Crystal Palace, Tom's performances were improving.
"He did very well in the game before at Leicester but I took the decision to change not because of Tom's performance but because of how I expected Crystal Palace to play, and they did play that way.
"Tom is working hard and is ready to play if that is what I decide."
Davies has a chance of being involved at the Etihad Stadium today given the doubt over Idrissa Gueye's fitness. The Senegal international will be given a late fitness test on a minor groin strain.
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1 Posted 15/12/2018 at 04:17:45
He will improve if backed by the manager and fans.
2 Posted 15/12/2018 at 04:45:13
Trouble is, with Gueye carrying a knock, if we let Davies go out on loan, the only alternative is Schneiderlin, and we dont want him back in the team!
So Davies will have to stay...
3 Posted 15/12/2018 at 05:29:52
4 Posted 15/12/2018 at 05:39:23
5 Posted 15/12/2018 at 06:53:20
The problem is that, when he came into the squad and first team, the expectations were sky high.< It was not helped by he being highlighted by the press, as the young player called to join the senior English squad for training. Plus how he had scored that iconic goal against City.
He might not develop into a world beater, but he has shown promise to possibly contend as a first-team player.
Morgan however, seems to have gone off the boil. At his age, he is unlikely to improve.
It would be interesting to see how McCarthy might be able to still contribute to the midfield.
6 Posted 15/12/2018 at 08:52:57
Anybody know the present situation regarding James McCarthy??
7 Posted 15/12/2018 at 09:35:14
Schneiderlin should be binned as soon as the window opens. No loan just get what we can for him and get him a taxi.
People were on about rotation a few weeks ago. I think the ideal time – on paper – would have been Newcastle and Watford. Just shows how wrong that would have been !
We need to play our best team every week to get any sort of result. This means we will unfortunately get injuries and later on tiredness. Enter young Tom.
8 Posted 15/12/2018 at 10:11:20
9 Posted 15/12/2018 at 11:25:43
Everton have loaned many young players out over the last few seasons and they have come back no better than when they left. Half the time we loaned them out and they didn't get many games with the club we loaned them to or got sent back early because they weren't good enough.
We loaned Lookman out and he doesn't look any better but just more resentful that we insisted he come back when the loan was up. Loaning improved Pennington so much we brought in Zouma and Mina to replace him. Not.
Loaning has just become a ploy big clubs use to manage overly large squads and keep young players on the books while their transfer value hopefully goes up.
If we keep Gomes that will effectively kill any chance Davies has of becoming a first team regular whether we loan him out or not. Davies knows this. He had his chance and he failed to live up to his promise. Something a lot of young players do.
Unfortunately football is a business and big Premier League clubs have neither the time nor the inclination to wait for young players to get better. They need ready made players now.
If a player is good enough we would know it. If he's not we can loan him out till the cows come home but he won't get any better at all.
10 Posted 15/12/2018 at 11:37:45
12 Posted 15/12/2018 at 11:41:58
Good debate on whether the youngsters, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Dowell, Baningime and Kenny will ever make it, the consensus was Calvert-Lewin needs to be given a run, given we need a centre-forward at present who's got a presence, whilst the rest have a fight in their hands to even get a game.
I think Davies and Calvert-Lewin will make it, but they will have to get a chance and actually take it within a game or two, they won't be given half a dozen games to see if they are good enough.
Dowell won't ever cut it; Kenny is too small unfortunately and Baningime has to be far more dynamic a player – he can't just come in and sit in front of the back four, he needs far more creativity.
13 Posted 15/12/2018 at 12:09:33
So, as I see it, we have 3 midfielders who are all creative but no workhorse. Will it work, we'll know in 2 hours or so!!!
14 Posted 15/12/2018 at 12:26:39
Davies is 20 years old. Perhaps give the lad a bit more time eh? In my opinion, at 25 he will be playing for England. Gamble responsibly.
15 Posted 15/12/2018 at 12:38:11
16 Posted 15/12/2018 at 12:42:17
Davies still second fiddle. Maybe he will be brought on later? He should have played before this,
17 Posted 15/12/2018 at 15:14:29
18 Posted 15/12/2018 at 16:51:31
19 Posted 15/12/2018 at 17:05:17
20 Posted 15/12/2018 at 20:01:23
If he turns out to be a really good player in five years then we could always try and buy him back.
There's no point in him sitting on the bench here but he's not good enough right now to have any impact at this level.
21 Posted 16/12/2018 at 17:55:26
Good enough to start ahead of Gomes or Gueye – unlikely.
Good enough to fill their positions when they are indisposed – probably.
Good enough to develop under Silva into a regular – hopefully.
Why am I not surprised you don't have the patience to give him time? Honestly, why do these kids even bother.
22 Posted 16/12/2018 at 18:13:10
The kid (yes, kid) is one of the brightest young players in the game, he's English and furthermore, he's a Blue.
He's got in excess of 70-odd games behind him, and anyone who wants to talk him down in a reply to my comment, can you please name 2 or 3 better English centre mids around his age group.
Just like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies is the future of our club. That doesn't mean they have to be our best players, they just have to know what being an Evertonian means.
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