Kevin Kilbane delivers verdict on Everton youngster, reveals reason behind success
By Matt Bullin
Former Everton and Republic of Ireland star Kevin Kilbane has lavished praise on the Toffees’ young midfielder Tom Davies, saying that he’s ‘constantly on the move’.
Davies scored Everton’s first in their 4-2 win over Leicester at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Speaking on BBC 1’s Match of the Day 2 (Sunday 10.30pm) Kilbane spoke glowingly of Davies’ performance.
He said: “[Davies] doesn’t just pass the ball, he’ll run forward without the ball too – and he gets his rewards.
“He ran nearly 12 km today. The way he started the game will help him, but the thing I like about him is that he’s constantly on the move.”
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Davies’ goal was his second for Everton’s senior side in his 18th Premier League appearance this season.
The 18-year-old’s goal came after just 30 seconds as he swept home to finish off a fine Kevin Mirallas run.
It was a goal that proved Kilbane’s point as Davies sprinted after Mirallas and profited as his colleague lost the ball on the edge of the penalty area.
However the Blues lead did not last long as Leicester struck back twice through Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton to lead after 10 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku then equalised for the home side as he nodded home Ross Barkley’s wicked cross, before Phil Jagielka handed them the lead on the brink of half time when he powered in Mirallas’ corner.
The Belgian then scored his 23rd of the Premier League season mid-way through the second half to ensure Everton claimed all three points.
The win meant seventh-placed Everton went level on points with Arsenal, who sit in sixth, though the Gunners face Crystal Palace later today.
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