Tom Davies has been urged to leave Everton to progress in his career by Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England full back believes Davies needs to start playing week in week out.
Steve Bruce is keen on bringing the 22-year-old to Newcastle United as he attempts to build a British core to his Toon squad, according to the Daily Mail.
It is believed that Newcastle are prepared to offer £12m for the England u21 international.
Asked by Football Insider whether Davies may have to leave Everton to progress, Mills said: “It’s always difficult when somebody’s come through the system.
“You want to promote as many players through the system as possible. They have ties with the club, ties with the community and fans love it.
“But I think it’s getting to that stage now where he needs game time. He will want to play week in, week out. That’s what you want as a footballer.
“There’s a ladder of succession. You want to get into the u23s then you want to get to the first team squad then be in the first team squad regularly. Then you want to be playing in the first team and get into European competitions and you want to play internationally.
“He’s a squad player now so maybe he needs that challenge to play week in week out and play 30 or 35 games a season.”
Davies only started 23 Premier League games for the Toffees last season but made a further seven substitute appearances.
In total, he has played 105 league games for Everton including 33 appearances from the bench.
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