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Everton: Tom Davies disappoints in Manchester City drubbing

Everton came into their clash with Manchester City on the final day needing to win in order to present themselves with the best possible opportunity of qualifying for Europe.

It was always going to be an arduous task against the new Premier League champions but few would have predicted the mess the Toffees got themselves into.

They were 2-0 down after 14 minutes and it got even worse as time went on, with them eventually losing 5-0.

It was a wretched end to the campaign but it just about summed up the inconsistencies that have plagued both Carlo Ancelotti and his players.

They were absolutely taken to the cleaners by City at the Etihad on Sunday as Sergio Aguero ended his Premier League career in supreme style by scoring twice.

Everton were hopeless defensively, ruing a mistake from Michael Keane early on and then some uncommitted work from Mason Holgate in the second period.

He was turned inside out by Aguero who then fired home expertly for their fourth goal.

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However, the centre-back wouldn’t have been embarrassed in that style if Tom Davies hadn’t been dispossessed with a poor piece of play.

The midfielder was particularly abject and the way he was bullied off the ball summed up his lightweight day at the office.

He was weak and feeble in the middle of the park, winning just one of his five defensive duels during the course of the match. That meant Davies lost a whopping 80% against a rampant Manchester City midfield.

The £32k-per-week Everton man won just a solitary tackle and was dribbled past on two separate occasions.

Davies has been inconsistent this season but this was arguably one his worst displays. Only Michael Keane (0%), lost a higher number of duels in the entire contest.

Ancelotti hasn’t selected a trio of midfielders in his starting XI very often this season but after the way they were brushed aside on Sunday, it’s unlikely he’ll try it again in 2021/22.

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What year did Everton wear this home strip?

This was a horrendous end to the season for not only Davies, but everyone associated with the Merseyside outfit.

They will have to dust themselves off and go again next season. A few additions in the transfer market and they shouldn’t be far off the top six.

AND in other news, Brands must complete Everton swoop for £20m-rated “diamond”, he’s like a “Rolls-Royce”…

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