Everton star Tom Davies has been relishing the opportunity of captaining the Toffees in recent games and looks to be coping well with the pressures that come with this big responsibility.
Davies became the club’s youngest ever captain at the end of August when he led them to a 3-1 win over Rotherham United in the Carabao Cup.
The 20-year-old’s performance and leadership qualities impressed manager Marco Silva and he has since captained the side on three other occasions.
Despite being one of five different Toffees skippers this season, he certainly looks set in making the position his own permanent one sometime in the future.
Everton’s consecutive victories in the Premier League over Fulham and Leicester City have definitely been a statement surrounding Davies’s capabilities of motivating the team and staying calm during difficult times. He also led the team out at the Emirates against Arsenal and while the Gunners claimed a 2-0 win, the visitors dominated the match deep into the second half, which would’ve given the youngster a great deal of confidence.
Having been at Goodison Park since 2009 and come through the Everton youth ranks, the idea of Davies being a possible future captain is giving him extra inspiration to perform well on the pitch.
He told Evertonfc.com following the 2-1 win against Leicester last weekend: “Being captain now is making me love it even more at Everton so I just want to continue doing what I’m doing.”
The central midfielder made his debut for the club in 2016 against Southampton at the age of only 17 and scored his first ever goal as in a famous 4-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in January 2017. With more than 70 appearances to his name already, the captaincy role isn’t that much of a surprise with the persistent growth and improvement he has shown since becoming a first-team player.
Silva’s men have been firing hot and cold since the start of the season and given the money they’ve spent in the summer, they’re not nearly where they want to be in terms of log points and results. Three wins, three draws and two losses have Everton sitting in 11th spot in the Premier League. However, under captain Davies they seem to be starting to hit their stride.