Everton may have bowed out of the EFL Cup quarter-final after losing to Leicester City on penalties, but supporters still reserved praise for a couple of players on social media. Tom Davies was hailed for his performance on Wednesday and got himself on the scoresheet too.
The 21-year-old started alongside Mason Holgate in midfield and was kept very busy against Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Dennis Praet. Davies made more touches (63) than Ndidi (61) and Praet (49) and broke up the play on a number of occasions. He was somewhat wasteful in possession but certainly not lacking in effort.
Ferguson got them going again at half time yesterday – the local boys really showed what it’s all about. Take a bow Leighton Baines & Tom Davies. Got my hopes up when we equalised, but we showed grit and determination. Love my club 💙
— Everton (@Everton160987) December 19, 2019
Davies and Holgate are dominating the midfield, Holgate has found his place, and Davies is next level
— A Williams (@adwill5) December 18, 2019
Thought Moise Kean did really well when he came on and Davies, DCL and Holgate kept going till the very end #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) December 18, 2019
Tom Davies was great 2night
— john couch (@johncouch10) December 18, 2019
Davies has been top 5 Everton performers this season. Walcott likewise.
— DANNO (@DANNOJ1878) December 19, 2019
Against Leicester, Davies played for a full 90 minutes, won two aerial duels, completed 71.1% of his 45 passes, whipped in two crosses, made two tackles, completed two successful dribbles, made two interceptions, and scored a brilliant goal to halve the deficit when Everton were 2-0 down.
The 21-year-old has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season, contributing two goals. Davies had to be patient for opportunities earlier in the campaign – featuring in just two league games in August & September – but he’s been a regular ever since.
Should Davies or Holgate feature in midfield vs Arsenal?
Everton are suffering an injury crisis in midfield, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh), Andre Gomes (ankle), Fabian Delph (hamstring) and Morgan Schnedierlin (calf), so Davies has been worth his weigh in gold.