Tom Davies could leave Everton this window to secure regular first-team football, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker claimed that Everton’s current midfield will be “hard to crack”.
Sky Sports reported last week that Southampton are interested in signing the 22-year-old fans favourite on loan with an option to buy.
Carlo Ancelotti has started the same midfield three of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and Andre Gomes in all of the Toffees’ Premier League games this season.
Davies has been limited to just two minutes of top-flight action but he did start Everton’s Carabao Cup tie against Salford City last month.
Ancelotti denied that Davies would move to the south coast claiming Davies was “a part of this squad, this team”.
Asked by Football Insider whether he believes Ancelotti would let Davies leave, Bent said: “They do need strength in depth.
“From his point of view he wants to go out and play but I can understand Ancelotti’s point.
“You’ve got Doucoure, you’ve got Allan, you’ve got Gomes but then it’s him, Delph is there but he hasn’t played all season.
“I would like to see him stay but I understand why he would want first-team football. it’s going to be hard to crack that midfield three.”
Davies played 30 Premier League games last season including starting all of the Toffees games after the restart in June.
He made his Everton debut as a 17-year-old in April 2016 and just over two years later he became the youngest player ever to captain the club.
Marco Silva handed the midfielder the captain’s armband for Everton’s League Cup tie against Rotherham United in August 2018.
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