Everton fans certainly didn’t get the early Christmas present they would have been hoping for as their side were thumped 6-2 by Tottenham at Goodison Park on Sunday, and the performance of Tom Davies proved that the youngster is not ready to be playing in the Premier League just yet.
It’s easy to forget that Davies is just 20-years-old as he was thrust into the first team to make his debut way back in April 2016, but against Tottenham he was a passenger in a midfield that offered their back four nothing in the way of protection.
Given the possession, it was a surprise when Everton took the lead just after the 20 minute mark through Theo Walcott, but the goal just seemed to ignite the fire that had been crackling under Spurs.
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Three goals before half-time from the impressive attacking trio of Heung-min Son, Dele Alli and Harry Kane effectively ended the game, and Christian Eriksen made it 4-1 just after the break to make sure of the result.
Everton did get one back through Gylfi Sigurdsson against his former club, but Son and Kane both grabbed their second after the hour mark.
Davies has only made eight appearances in the Premier League so far this season, but in three of those he has captained the Everton side.
In the absence of Idrissa Gueye on Sunday though it was a poor performance from the young Scouser, and if anything it proved that he should be sent out on loan in January to avoid him sitting on the bench at Goodison instead.
Davies failed to get himself into the game at all against the rampant Spurs side and he failed to get a shot away or provide a single key pass to create a goalscoring opportunity.
What will have frustrated his boss Marco Silva even more though is his lack of defensive impact. Davies only made two tackles in the game and Spurs were easily able to play through the middle of the park without an Everton player getting close, proving just how much the Toffees missed Gueye.
Davies’ progress has stalled at Everton and surely January would be the perfect time to loan him to a Championship club so that he can continue to develop. One thing is for sure though, if Everton have desires to break into the top six then they will need to inject some quality into that midfield.