The Chalkboard: What reported contract extension could mean for Tom Davies

It is being reported that Everton homegrown talent Tom Davies is to sign a contract extension at Goodison Park, hinting that he is a player firmly in the plans of manager Marco Silva in the long-term, but how could this rumour mean a new and more important role for the 20-year-old?

What’s the word?

Northern Football Correspondent for The Times, Paul Joyce, revealed on Twitter the news about Davies, announcing that the starlet will sign a one-year contract extension keeping him with the Toffees until 2023.

The new role

At the moment, despite being one of the prime examples of players being able to progress through the Everton academy and into the first team, the starlet is something of a fringe player.

In the Premier League, he’s made just 17 appearances and has struggled to put a consistent run of matches together in the starting Xl.

Under any normal circumstances, this would hint to the football world that Davies, despite only being 20, isn’t favoured by his gaffer but this contract speculation contradicts that suggestion.

With the future of Andre Gomes uncertain – as it stands he goes back to Barcelona in the summer – there will be a dearth of creative central midfielders to partner the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin in the blue half of Merseyside.

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Up until now, Davies has only really played in the centre with a more holding style, without the freedom to get forward to create and score goals.

That could be about to change and would be a huge acid test of the youngster’s capabilities as he would have to adapt his game by bringing his creative instincts to the fore.

But we’ve seen him rise to similar challenges before – such as when he has accepted the captaincy – and he would also need to take this one in his stride if he’s to thrive under Silva next season.