Ronald Koeman delivers verdict on Everton wonderkid
By Dominic Toner
Everton manager Ronald Koeman claims that youngster Tom Davies is benefiting from training with the senior squad.
The 18-year-old has regarded as one of the best young players at Goodison Park and has been integrated into the first time season.
The central midfielder is hoping to force his way into a competitive squad which are pushing for a European spot.
Koeman believes that Davies will benefit a lot from sessions with the senior players and he will learn to adapt to the top-flight.
“I believe in young players and if you don’t play in the first-team he (Davies) needs to play in the Under-23s because players need a game every weekend to improve and learn,” Koeman said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “The rest of the week with the training sessions and being a part of the first squad is the next step for him.
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“The training sessions are important for him because competing against the first-team players and learning about the intensity of the Premier League is important.”
Davies has made five senior appearance for Everton and made his debut last season against Southampton.
The youngster has made three substitute appearances this season in the Premier League and played 25 minutes in the crushing 5-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, but received praise for his positive impact.
The Toffees are currently are currently seventh-placed in the league despite the defeat, with Idrissa Gueye and Gareth Barry building a strong midfield partnership this season.
Davies will hope to continue impressing Dutch manager Koeman and could be handed more senior action to impress during a busy winter period.
In other Everton news, Tim Howard has delivered a two-word verdict on the club’s Champions League ambitions.