Darren Bent has insisted Carlo Ancelotti did Tom Davies “no favours” using him as a right-sided wing-back for Everton against Leeds United.
The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the Italian manager effectively threw the 22-year-old under the bus by deploying him in a makeshift role.
Davies played just over an hour in the 1-0 defeat against the Whites, while he was axed in place of Fabian Delph for Saturday’s visit to Burnley.
The England under-21 international has started just twice in the Premier League this season with the likes of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes battling it out for a midfield role.
Bent has suggested Davies has done little wrong for the Toffees this season and that Ancelotti needs to take blame if he comes under fire playing as a defender.
Bent told Football Insider: He’s not a right wing-back, he’s a central midfielder and it’s difficult for him, obviously, if he doesn’t playing in that position, and he gets found out a little bit, people are going to criticise him and it’s not his fault.
“He doesn’t play there but people don’t see that. Even though he’s a makeshift in that position, people don’t see that.
“I like when he’s in the middle of the pitch but again where does he fit in the middle of the park when you’ve got Gomes, Allan and Doucoure, these guys here?
“It’s difficult so, again, it’s a case of him being patient and when he gets opportunities, he’s got to try and take it, but I can fully understand why playing right wing-back is not doing him any favours.”
Davies has played a total of seven times across all competitions this season, while he has 128 appearances under his belt for the Toffees.
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