Former footballer and aspiring pundit Danny Mills has suggested this week that Everton Academy graduate, Tom Davies, should be looking to move on from the club to ensure far better game time so his development doesn’t stall.
The 21-year-old boyhood fan has already made in excess of 50 starting appearances for the club since making his debut, and although some in the fanbase are split when it comes to him, I think the vast majority consider him a highly rated talent who still has significant development potential ahead of him, and they are largely pleased with what they have seen from the lad so far.
Although we are still early in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, the midfielder has slipped down manager Marco Silva’s pecking order and has only made an eleven minute substitute appearance so far, and that was back in early August as we took a point from Crystal Palace.
Speaking to Football Insider this week, former England and Leeds United right back Mills suggested that come January, a move away from Goodison Park could be in everyone’s best interests here.
“It’s been difficult for him, he hasn’t had much game time, he’s been in and out. He’s clearly a very good, young player and the most important thing is finding that consistency and playing week in, week out. He’s still relatively young, he’s got enough experience – maybe he just needs to be somewhere different. Sometimes homegrown players need something fresh, something new. Maybe he needs that move to get himself away and get a bit of consistent football. Get that self-belief, that confidence that he’s going to start week in, week out.”
I’m certainly not on board with a permanent sale as Mills seems to be implying with hints of going stale at the club, but a loan spell for Davies has been spoken about before, as the best way to develop and work on errors is by being on the pitch itself. With the likes of Andre Gomes and Morgan Schneiderlin ahead of him, a spell out in the Championship makes all the sense in the world to me.