By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has joined a long list of admirers of Everton academy sensation Tom Davies.
Davies, 18, gave a commanding midfield display as Everton cruised to a 4-2 win over Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday.
He opened the scoring for the home side after just 30 seconds, latching onto Kevin Mirallas’ pass to fire past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
But the young midfield star showed no sign of letting up throughout the remainder of the game, remaining a central cog in Everton’s side in both defence and in attack.
His all-round display was met with great praise from Redknapp, who branded the performance as ‘swashbuckling.’
Speaking on Sky Sports’ live coverage of the game, Redknapp said:
“He’s got a lovely habit, it’s something that he does brilliantly, he goes to the ball. When he hasn’t got it, he goes and closes people, he puts people under pressure. When he’s on it, he’s extremely comfortable.
“He’s a tremendous asset, not just to Everton, but also to England in a few years. If he keeps developing like he is, he’s an England player for the future.
“He’s swashbuckling, he’s an enjoyable player to watch. He can score goals, and he plays like he’s 26 or 27 [years old].”
Davies is the latest success story to emerge from the exciting talent pool within the Everton academy, signing a professional deal with the club in September 2015.
But after being handed his senior debut at the end of last season, the young midfield star has become an established first team player, and a regular asset under Ronald Koeman.
He has scored two goals and supplied three assists from 18 Premier League appearances for Everton this season, with his impressive displays earning him a fresh five-year contract at Goodison Park earlier this month.
In other Everton news, Phil Neville has named this Everton man as the signing of the season.