By Matt Bullin
Everton starlet Tom Davies has admitted that he did not think he was ready for the first team at the start of the season.
But since the turn of the year the 18-year-old star has gone on to become a key player in Everton’s side.
He has started Everton’s last seven games and performed well in their last two games against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Davies made his debut for the senior side last season as a 17-year-old against Norwich, a game in which he put in a Man of the Match performance.
This season he has made 18 league and cup appearances, provided three Premier League assists and scored a memorable goal in the Toffees’ 4-0 win over Manchester City.
He also scored Everton’s first goal against Leicester in a 4-2 win on Sunday, after just 15 seconds.
His performances have seen him rewarded with a new five year deal last week.
Speaking to Sky Sports of his success, he said: “When you’re playing, it feels kind of natural. I’m loving it.”
However he did admit: “It’s been hard at times, after making my debut at end of last season, I don’t think I was ready at the start of this year.
“I’m not sure why, in my head I wanted to play more but if you’re not ready, you’re not ready. The time I did come in, it was perfect.”
The youngster has international pedigree as well having represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level.
He also captained the Under-17s at the 2015 Under 17s World Cup in Chile, although England did not make it out of their group, finishing behind South Korea and Brazil.
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