Everton midfielder Tom Davies needs to take note of what has happened to the career of Ross Barkley as his own form continues to falter amidst a string of poor performances.
The former Toffees ace was thought of as being one of the brightest up and coming talents in the game.
It’s a notion which has never materialised, and now after having fallen back into the shadows at Stamford Bridge, Davies must make sure he doesn’t follow a similar path.
It’s a common occurrence for players at Goodison Park to struggle once they leave the club – Jack Rodwell was one such name.
A lot was spoken of the ex-Everton player when he left for Manchester City and it was expected he would go on and become a force for the Sky Blues.
He’s now swanning around anonymously at the Stadium of Light in the doldrums of the Championship.
And now the same is happening to Barkley.
But after a first season where Davies shot into the starlight, this campaign he has struggled to live up to the high standards he set for himself and needs a rocket up his backside.
Sam Allardyce has stuck with the 19-year-old starlet despite calls for supporters to drop him from the starting line-up.
But the youngster needs to show a stronger mental attitude, and be a man on the pitch instead of the boy he is currently proving himself to be.
If he continues to perform as he is, it won’t be long before he is given a spell on the sidelines and should that happen, he may never get back into the starting XI.
Davies is another Ross Barkley in the making and needs to improve quickly.
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