Tom Davies (footballer, born 1998)

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Tom Davies
Manchester United v Everton, 17 September 2017 (29).jpg
Davies (centre) playing for Everton in 2017
Personal information
Full name Thomas Davies[1]
Date of birth (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 26
Youth career
0000–2009 Tranmere Rovers
2009–2015 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Everton 65 (4)
National team
2013–2014 England U16 9 (1)
2014–2015 England U17 18 (0)
2016 England U18 4 (0)
2016–2017 England U19 8 (1)
2017– England U21 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:26, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:47, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Thomas Davies (born 30 June 1998) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Everton and the England national under-21 team. He is an academy graduate of Everton and made his first-team debut in April 2016 at the age of 17. Two years later, he became the youngest player to captain the side, doing so at the age of 20 years and 60 days.

Early and personal life[edit]

Davies was born in Liverpool, Merseyside.[4] He is the nephew of former Everton player Alan Whittle, who made 74 appearances for the club between 1967 and 1972, and his older brother, Liam, is a semi-professional footballer who plays for Marine on loan from Southport.[5]

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Davies is an academy graduate of Everton, having joined the club at the age of 11 from Tranmere Rovers.[6] He became a first-year scholar ahead of the 2014–15 season and was promoted to the under-21s at the end of that campaign.[7] Davies continued to play regularly for the under-21s the following season and signed his first professional contract on 30 September 2015.[8][unreliable source?] His impressive form was rewarded when he was handed his Premier League debut by manager Roberto Martínez on 16 April 2016, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute for Darron Gibson in a 1–1 draw with Southampton at Goodison Park.[9] On the final day of the Premier League season, following the dismissal of Martínez, Davies was handed his first start for Everton by interim manager David Unsworth in a 3–0 win over Norwich City.[10] His performance over the course of the 90 minutes earned him the man of the match award.[7]

Davies (number 26) defending a set-piece against Manchester United in 2017.

Having previously featured on occasion from the substitutes' bench, Davies made his first start of the 2016–17 Premier League campaign on 2 January 2017 and registered his first assist for Everton in a 3–0 win over Southampton.[11] He scored his first goal for the club 13 days later when he scored in a 4–0 league victory over Manchester City. His performance also saw him named man of the match.[12] On 9 April, he scored the joint-fastest goal of the season when he netted after just 30 seconds in a 4–2 win over reigning champions Leicester City.[13] The following month. at the club's end of season awards dinner, Davies was named Everton's Young Player of the Year and also won the Goal of the Season and Performance of the Season honours for his role in the victory over Manchester City.[14]

The following season, during the early stages of the campaign under manager Ronald Koeman, Everton lost six of their opening twelve matches during which Davies was predominantly used as an option from the bench and struggled to find form.[15] He returned to form following the appointment of Sam Allardyce and in February 2018 was named by the CIES Football Observatory as the world's seventh-most promising footballer under the age of 20.[16][17] Later that month he made his 50th Premier League appearance for the club in a 1–0 defeat to Watford.[16]

On 29 August 2018, Davies captained Everton for the first time in a 3–1 EFL Cup victory over Rotherham. In doing so, and at the age of 20 years and 60 days, he became the youngest player to ever captain the club, breaking the record previously set by Steve McMahon in 1983.[18] In November, he was one of 20 players nominated for the Golden Boy award.[19]

International career[edit]

Davies has represented England up to under-21 level.[20] On 7 October 2015, he was invited by England manager Roy Hodgson to train with the senior squad following his progression with the under-17 side.[21] Just seven days later, he was named captain of the England under-17 team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.[22] The FA agreed Everton's request to rest Davies so that he would not feature at the European Under-19 Championship for the England U-19 in summer 2017.[23]

He represented England at the Toulon Tournament the following year and featured throughout as the nation went on to claim its third consecutive title in the competition.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 28 October 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 2015–16[25] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17[26] Premier League 24 2 1 0 0 0 25 2
2017–18[27] Premier League 33 2 1 0 2 0 7[a] 0 43 2
2018–19[28] Premier League 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Career total 65 4 2 0 4 0 7 0 78 4
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

England U21

Individual

  • Everton Young Player of the Season: 2016–17[29]
  • Everton Goal of the Season: 2016–17[29]
  • Everton Performance of the Season: 2016–17[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Tom Davies: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. ^ "T. Davies: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ Urbani, Rob (25 May 2016). "Next Generation: Tom Davies". Everton F.C. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ Powell, Dave (17 July 2018). "Southport snap up former Chester FC man Liam Davies - and immediately send him out on loan". The Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ Beesley, Chris (20 September 2015). "Everton FC hand pro deal to Tom Davies". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Tom Davies". Everton F.C. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  8. ^ Strange, Joe (17 December 2016). "Everton's Tom Davies on being Ronald Koeman's type of player, helping the homeless and studying Barcelona's best: 'I'd love to control a game like Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets'". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Roberto Martinez's Everton let lead slip vs. Southampton". ESPN. PA Sport. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ Nash, Mathew (15 May 2016). "David Unsworth heaps praise on Tom Davies after his first Everton start". HITC. Entrepreneur. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  11. ^ Ridge, Patric (2 January 2017). "Koeman expects Everton transfer activity but backs youngster Davies to shine". Goal.com. Perform Group. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  12. ^ Reddy, Luke (15 January 2017). "Everton 4–0 Man City". BBC. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  13. ^ Creek, Stephen (9 April 2017). "Davies strike equals fastest goal record". Goal.com. Perform Group. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  14. ^ Kirkbride, Phil (9 May 2017). "Hat-trick of awards for Everton's Tom Davies". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  15. ^ Cavilla, Tom (20 November 2017). "How Tom Davies can recapture the magic of last season to cement starting role at Everton". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Tom Davies Backed for Everton Stardom as Wonderkid Racks Up Half Century of EPL Games". Sports Illustrated. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  17. ^ Margueritte, Henri (19 February 2018). "Alban Lafont, ce Français qui devance Mbappé au classement des footballeurs les plus prometteurs" [Alban Lafont, the Frenchman ahead of Mbappé in the rankings of the most promising footballers]. HuffPost (in French). Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  18. ^ Lennox, Peter (30 August 2018). "Davies' Pride After Becoming Blues' Youngest Skipper". Everton FC. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  19. ^ Prenderville, Liam (2 November 2018). "Trent Alexander-Arnold on final 20-man shortlist for Tuttosport Golden Boy 2018 award". Mirror. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Tom Davies". The Football Association. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  21. ^ O'Keeffe, Greg (7 October 2015). "Everton youngster Tom Davies trains with senior England squad". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  22. ^ Stonehouse, Gary (14 October 2015). "Tom Davies to captain U17s as squad numbers unveiled". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  23. ^ Hunter, Andy (7 April 2017). "Everton's Tom Davies to miss England U19 tournament for time to rest". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Dowell Winner Secures Toulon Title For England". Everton FC. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Games played by Tom Davies in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Games played by Tom Davies in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Games played by Tom Davies in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Games played by Tom Davies in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  29. ^ a b c O'Keeffe, Greg (17 May 2016). "Everton starlet Tom Davies – five things you need to know about Blues midfield dynamo". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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