Noel Whelan has urged Tom Davies to fight for his place at Everton after falling down the pecking order at Goodison Park recently.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker says that he has faith in the 21-year-old to make a name for himself on Merseyside but that he needs to show some character to force his way back into Marco Silva’s plans.
Davies has just 11 minutes of Premier League action under his belt this season, finding himself snubbed completely from the matchday squad against Wolves.
Whelan insists that he does not want to see the young talent leave Goodison Park, either on loan or permanently, and that he just needs to show the fight and desire to challenge those ahead of him in the pecking order.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m not a fan of people moving away, dropping tools and moving out. I want to see people fight for their place and show their managers that they’re good players.
“Rise to the occasion, enjoy that challenge of new players coming in, can you show you’re better than them? That’s what I want to see, it’s called character. Sometimes it can up your game, it depends what mental strength you have.
“I’d like to see him fight because I think he’s an excellent player, really good, young boy coming through at Everton. I don’t think any of the fans would like to see him leave. They want to see what I want to see.”
Davies has struggled for regular game time since Silva’s arrival at Goodison Park, playing a total of 19 matches last season, 16 of those coming in the Premier League.
He has a total of 90 appearances under his belt for the Toffees, with Ronald Koeman handing him nearly half of those during his time as manager.
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