By Matt Bullin
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has claimed Everton youngster Tom Davies can become a “superstar”.
Davies, 18, is enjoying a superb breakthrough season at Goodison Park and has made 20 league and cup appearances, scoring two goals.
The central midfielder has started all but one of the Toffees Premier League matches since the turn of the year and has completed 90 minutes in nine of the 13 games.
He scored a memorable first senior goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Man City, and also netted after just 30 seconds as Everton beat Leicester 4-2 at Goodison.
Davies made his full debut late last season when he started, and won the Man of the Match award in Everton’s final game of the season against Norwich.
Speaking on the BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight (Saturday 15/04 8pm), as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Gerrard heaped praise on the youngster.
The former Liverpool and England captain said: “I think the one to be excited about at Everton is Tom Davies, who seems to have broken in and stayed in.
“What he has done is he has announced himself and basically said to a regular starter: ‘I am taking your place. I am staying in there’. And they are the ones that usually go on to become superstars.”
Gerrard broke into the Liverpool senior team at the age of 18, the same as Davies, and quickly became a crucial player for the side.
Everton currently sit seventh in the Premier League and are seven points off Man City and the top four.
Davies has played the full 90 minutes in their last three matches and he will look to do the same this weekend as they take on West Ham.
In other Everton news, Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on Everton’s top four chances next season.