The international break is back amongst us and there are many young talents from the Premier League set to take centre stage.
The likes of Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi are bound to take much of the attention, but there is one man who is stepping out with a serious chance to change his future. That man is Everton star, Tom Davies.
Davies has had a real upturn in form this past month and has been an integral ingredient in helping Everton away from the relegation zone. Recently, the 22-year-old scored the opening goal against Southampton and put in an inspiring Man of the Match display in the centre of the park.
Now, with his Everton career booming, Davies has the chance to stake a serious claim for the captaincy on Merseyside as he leads out the England U21s.
The Englishman now has 96 appearances for his boyhood club and has shown key leadership skills out on the pitch in the absence of Andre Gomes. With another heroic and inspiring performance, Marco Silva will have to take note and look towards Davies as a captain for the future.
Recently, the Everton man has been compared to Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, which shows he is perhaps already on the path to captaincy on Merseyside. Like Gerrard, Davies’ chances of wearing the armband almost seem inevitable with his passion, ability, and love for his local side.
Now, on international duty, Davies can showcase his credentials for a future leadership role at the Toffees and plant a seed in Silva’s long-term vision for the club.
Everton’s current club captain Seamus Coleman is struggling to get into the side after missing the last four league games. This has handed the armband across the pitch to Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lucas Digne recently.
That was a glimpse into the future and now, on Friday, Davies has a chance to prove why he’s been trusted with the responsibility so regularly.