By Dominic Toner

Danny Higginbotham has praised the impact of Everton’s midfield trio Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schnediderlin and Tom Davies.

They have been the midfield combination in the last two matches and appear to have found a great balance, according to Sky Sports pundit Higginbotham.

The Toffees manager seems to have settled on his preferred set-up in the middle of the park and they helped record a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Saturday.

The Merseyside club are now just six points adrift of the top four and are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games.

Higginbotham has waxed lyrical about Everton’s midfield line-up and feels they are the “perfect mix” to have in the side.

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“Everton’s midfield three are a key reason why Ronald Koeman’s team are flying at the moment,” Higginbotham wrote in his Sun column. “They are a perfect mix of energy, endeavour and enthusiasm — and provide plenty of entertainment.

“Idrissa Gueye brings the drive, Morgan Schneiderlin sits in and uses his experience and Tom Davies powers on to support the front three.”

Schneiderlin completed a move to Goodison Park in the summer from Manchester United, where he had fallen out-of-favour at Old Trafford.

However, the Frenchman has thrived under a reunion with Koeman as the pair previously worked together at Southampton.

He is now dictating possession in the Everton midfield and has settled extremely quickly into the team.

Meanwhile, they have welcomed back combative midfielder Gueye from the Africa Cup of Nations and he has been one of their standout players this season.

He has a similar style to highly rated N’Golo Kante and is recognised for his ball winning qualities.

Everton’s final piece of the central midfield trio is emerging youngster Davies, who is enjoying a breakout season at

The 18-year-old has stepped up from the club’s academy and is now a regular in the first-team.

He is proving to be a well rounded player that has thrived under the pressures of the Premier League, announcing himself with a goal in the 4-0 demolition of Manchester City back in January.

In other Everton news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Manolo Gabbiadini’s performance for Southampton in the EFL Cup final.

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