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Everton have climbed further away from the relegation zone after their 2-1 victory over Southampton.
Throughout the game, Marco Silva’s side looked a threat on the attack and solid in defence, as they had 24 shots and reduced the Saints to just four.
As much as Richarlison bagged the winner from a magnificent Djibril Sidibe cross, this much-needed result must come with a huge thank you from Silva to two young English talents – Tom Davies and Mason Holgate, who are valued at a combined £19.8m by Transfermarkt.
The two combined for Everton’s opening goal as Holgate’s flick-on from a corner was headed home by Davies to give the Toffees the lead. Indeed, it was yet another game in which the two young talents have blossomed for Silva.
On the other hand, defender Holgate now has two assists, one clean sheet and a goal in his past four games. The 23-year-old has also now pushed Michael Keane to the bench and looks to be cementing his place in the starting XI.
The two have proven this past month that it is important that managers stick by their upcoming talent and bleed them in when the time is right.
Frustration seems to be building over Phil Foden and how his exceptional promise is not earning him regular starts at Man City.
However, the young Manchester City star just needs to be patient, like Davies and Holgate have been throughout their development, and he will get his reward further down the line.
The same applies to Everton’s current youth star Anthony Gordon.
However, Davies and Holgate go to show that breaking into the senior squad on a consistent basis is seldom a straightforward and seamless process – with both players spending time on the fringes of the squad and away from the club on loan in recent years.
Their recent performances serve as a reminder to players, fans, pundits and anyone who doubts the abilities of young talent that promise takes time to nurture, and sometimes backward steps need to be taken before moving forwards.