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Adrian Durham has delivered an almighty claim while speaking on talkSPORT, saying that Everton could have their own Steven Gerrard in Tom Davies, should they guide him correctly.
Davies has been one of Everton’s shining lights over this past month, as they moved away from the relegation zone. The Englishman scored the opening goal against Southampton and was handed the Man of the Match award for his performance in midfield.
Compliments don’t come much greater than a comparison with Gerrard and, despite his glory for their city rivals, there is no doubt it’s too soon to speak of the two players in the same breath.
Durham said on talkSPORT drive: “He is Everton’s opportunity to produce their own Steven Gerrard. That’s what he is, he’s that dynamic, going forward he’s been, he’s a leader.
“If Everton gets this right, with Tom Davies, then he could be as good if not better than Steven Gerrard was for Liverpool.
“Since he’s come back there’s been a change in Everton,” Durham added.
“I’m talking about a midfield leader of men, Tom Davies is your chance to do that if you get behind him, if Everton coach him correctly and they guide him along that path.”
As of now, there are certainly signs of a leader in Davies. His commanding nature on the pitch and the fact he has captained England at youth level attests to his credentials, as do recent reports from The Athletic which claim he has been a vocal presence in the dressing room amid Everton’s struggle this season.
However, he has a mountain to climb before he can be compared to Gerrard.
The Liverpool legend established himself as one of the best around for over a decade, where he would challenge for league titles and lift the Champions League in 2005.
The midfielder would become the Liverpool captain at just 23, which is just a few months older than Davies is right now. By this point, Gerrard was already established as an England regular and had bagged himself two League Cups and an FA Cup.
Everton’s midfielder has certainly shown leadership qualities, which is just one aspect of the former Liverpool hero’s arsenal.
If he wants to be as good as Gerrard, he needs a lot more to show on the pitch and drive his side to trophies in the coming years.