Michael Brown believes that Tom Davies will “fancy his chances” of regular game time at Everton despite an influx of new competition.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the 22-year-old will want to play but that the new additions at Goodison Park will not force him out the door.

As revealed by Football Insider, Southampton, who have been linked with a move late in the window, have made no contact over trying to sign Davies since they enquired about a potential swap deal involving Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in August.

The England under-21 international has played four times for the Toffees this season, but now has the likes of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure to battle with for a place in the side.

Brown believes that Davies will be itching to play after his breakthrough into the senior side at Goodison and that he will be confident enough to stay and fight rather than try and force a move elsewhere.

Brown told Football Insider: “There is a lot of competition but I bet you he fancies his chances to get some minutes. 

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“It’s like anything, if you don’t believe you’re going to play, once you’ve had that taste, you’ll realise you want to go and play somewhere else, especially in a young player like himself.” 

Davies has a total of 125 appearances under his belt for Everton, 32 of which came last season.

He has come on as a late substitute in two of the club’s three Premier League games this term, while he started two of their League Cup ties.

In other Everton news, the Toffees have been tipped to re-sign a former star before Monday night.