Tom Davies has a big opportunity to prove himself in the coming weeks following injuries to Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice Everton midfielders.
That is according to ex-England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs of how this could be “massive for him”.
The 22-year-old had fallen somewhat out of favour for the Toffees, starting just one of the club’s last five matches before the 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
Davies came into the side with Allan and James Rodriguez – two of Everton’s high-profile summer acquisitions – sidelined.
Davies was not hugely impressive in the victory which lifted Everton into 4th place, but Darren Bent thinks the injury-enforced absence of some of Ancelotti’s go-to men could provide Davies with a platform on which to flourish.
“It’s a chance for him to kind of establish himself, get himself in there with the fact that, when Ancelotti’s without Allan, he won’t have any concerns,” Bent told Football Insider.
“If Tom Davies can step in there, play really well, help them get over the line that will be massive for him.”
Davies has been used out of position on numerous occasions in the previous weeks and months.
With a void to be filled after the devastating blow of losing Allan during the festive period, Bent thinks this could be the opportune moment for the England Under-21 international to re-assert himself.
“I was a fan of his, Tom Davies, he had a period where he was playing really well.
“I think he maybe lost his way a little bit but listen, this is an opportunity for him to put in good performances hopefully try and stake a claim of staying in the side for however long Allan’s going to be out for,” he added.