Danny Mills claims that Fabian Delph will retake his place in the Everton side at the expense of Tom Davies as soon as he is 100 per cent fit.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says the 29-year-old will almost certainly be thrown back into the starting XI once he has recovered from his injury layoff, having returned from the bench against Brighton.
Delph, who joined the Toffees from Manchester City over the summer, missed the start of the season through injury and was forced to sit out both England’s games and Everton’s clash with West Ham with a hamstring problem.
Having come on for 18 minutes against Brighton, Mills claims that Delph will take Davies’ place in the midfield sooner rather than later due to his experience and quality.
Asked if Davies was facing the axe, Mills told Football Insider: “I think so. Delph has got great energy, great experience in that position as much as anybody else.
“He is a winner, leadership qualities as well, authority on the pitch. I don’t have any doubt, if he’s fit I would play him week in, week out in that position.”
Davies, a graduate of the youth system at Goodison Park, has started the last two of Everton’s games in Delph’s absence, having made just two substitute appearances prior to the win over West Ham.
The Toffees take on Watford in the League Cup on Tuesday evening before welcoming Tottenham to Merseyside for their next Premier League match.
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