Tom Davies played the full 90 minutes again for England Under-21s this evening and helped Aidy Boothroyd's side to their second win of the international break.
England had come from behind to beat Turkey on Friday and they registered their second victory in Group Three qualifying for the 2021 European Championships with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at Hull City's KC Stadium.
Davies was involved in the move that led to Manchester City's Phil Foden tapping home the opener and the Everton man himself had a chance to score from a corner but headed over.
Foden wrapped things up with his second of the night in stoppage time.
“Tom was outstanding,” Boothroyd said of Davies. “He's not playing for his club side, to put those two performances in. We'll see how that holding role develops.”
Davies will be hoping for more opportunities to shine at club level now having got some valuable playing time under his belt. Having fallen behind Morgan Schneiderlin and new signings Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin in the pecking order, the 21-year-old has played only eight minutes of senior football this season.
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1 Posted 10/09/2019 at 07:21:58
At 5:16 Tom is taken off the ball in his own half with what might have been a foul, handing Kosovo its best scoring chance (and a truly astounding miss).
At 6:56 he makes an exceptional pass that creates another England chance.
At 8:40 he's taken out by a really ugly foul.
2 Posted 10/09/2019 at 08:08:59
3 Posted 10/09/2019 at 08:21:25
4 Posted 10/09/2019 at 08:45:05
I'm not Schneiderlin's biggest fan but I'd rather he be used before Davies (and after Delph/Gomes) by a long way. It's a shame in many ways, but think he still has the ability to play for a bottom-half Premier League team.
5 Posted 10/09/2019 at 08:59:25
I can't agree with much of that. The lad is still very young and we need to give him time and patience. I think he is going to be a superb player and Everton haven't given him a 4-year contract or played him as Captain out of pity.
To say he is not going to be a top player at Everton rather than a lower league player is way off, he is just... 21. Say that at 25 if he has not made it by then.
Better to get behind the player and give him a pat on the shoulder rather than a potential kick up the backside!
6 Posted 10/09/2019 at 09:12:05
7 Posted 10/09/2019 at 09:22:14
8 Posted 10/09/2019 at 09:34:34
9 Posted 10/09/2019 at 09:50:32
If we had kept McCarthy or Besic, then I'd say his development would have been better served going to a bottom Premier League team or a top Championship team for a season.
He's not a kid anymore and at 21 he really needs to be getting 20-30 starts and over 2000 minutes during the course of the season. Last year he had 10 starts and less than 1000 minutes. So many English players stall their development between 19-22 and I'm worried that is what's happening (has happened) with Davies.
10 Posted 10/09/2019 at 11:30:05
Can't see him getting much game time this season.
11 Posted 10/09/2019 at 12:23:03
Before the DCL fanclub starts, I just don't see him ever being premier league/Championship striker.
12 Posted 10/09/2019 at 13:49:34
13 Posted 10/09/2019 at 13:58:38
14 Posted 10/09/2019 at 14:17:32
Davies to develop his game by playing the full 90 min and DCL to fine tune his shooting and movement in the box.
They need game time and minutes and a drop into the German leagues or championship could see them suddenly sharpen up nicely.
15 Posted 10/09/2019 at 14:31:47
If you think Tom Davies is a failure then I would wonder if you have ever played centre midfield. Giving the ball away comes with the territory as it's the tightest place on the pitch.
People have become obsessed with defensive centre midfielders who rarely give the ball away and win or intercept it a lot. That's lovely but they're not much use once past the halfway line and can be counter productive with lower table teams perfectly happy to sit in banks of four and let them have the ball to go sideways.
16 Posted 10/09/2019 at 16:20:42
Silva starts Schneiderlin in front of him regularly, for only reasons he knows.
Were I Tom Davies, I'd "pull a Barkley" and ask for a transfer. I'd not blame the kid in the least.
If we give Tom a chance, he'll be a mainstay in midfield for years for Everton.
Does my head in, as you say.
17 Posted 10/09/2019 at 16:47:43
18 Posted 10/09/2019 at 16:52:21
Christy 13, I am not Schniederlin's biggest fan, although I have to say he's improved in the last 9 months or so.
19 Posted 10/09/2019 at 16:59:25
20 Posted 10/09/2019 at 17:11:37
It bodes very badly for the future of young English players if their captain can't get an opportunity to play at an elite level. Nobody is expecting him to be the finished article, some of us just expect that his potential far exceeds what an, albeit much improved, Schneiderlin can bring to the team.
As for what he has 'demonstrated' so far in his career - being MotM on his debut, his display against Man City to name but a couple quite clearly demonstrate that he can be beyond average.
But I guess at 21 years of age he is unlikely to ever improve so, yeah, get rid.
21 Posted 10/09/2019 at 17:35:04
22 Posted 10/09/2019 at 18:21:15
Don't care if he is a local lad. If he was good enough, we would never have bought Gbamin. It's not like any of those in front of him are all that old. Delph at 29 is the oldest but he's still got at least three seasons in him. So Davies could be waiting quite a while and that's assuming we don't buy anyone else or another youngster comes through.
23 Posted 10/09/2019 at 19:22:57
I would like to see Tom prove us wrong but he needs a little run in the team which Silva may not give him.
24 Posted 10/09/2019 at 20:45:39
25 Posted 10/09/2019 at 22:47:27
26 Posted 12/09/2019 at 08:24:00
Tom, contract, money and other 'fame' games may have distracted him. But he's a good player with talent and time to improve.
I simply don't get why Schneiderlin gets game time.
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