Everton young midfielder Tom Davies has been compensated for his breakthrough this season with another long-term contract deal that will keep him at Everton until 2022.
The 18-year-old has played 16 times in the Premier League for Everton this term and set up himself as a standout amongst the most encouraging youthful players in the division.
Davies’ speed, determination and capacity on the ball have all made him an extremely powerful alternative for Ronald Koeman and now looks set to wind up plainly a key part of the Dutchman’s midfield options.
Everton manager told the club’s site: “It’s an instance of well done, Tom. He is possibly the young player who has improved the most over the last couple of months.
“He went straight into the team performing at a high level and has kept his feet on the ground.
“We’re really happy with his performances and, of course, proud. He’s a young player and that’s important for the rest of the academy – to show you can make that next step like Tom did and, if that ends with a new contract, it’s perfect.”
The young prospect is comparatively enthused and trusts he can inspire the up and coming era of homegrown talents at the club.
Davies told the club’s website:
“It means everything to me to get a chance to be in the Everton first team and to try to stay there,” Davies added. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.
“Everton has a long tradition of bringing young players through and the incentive has always been there for me to try to progress with the club.
“I used to look at Mikel Arteta and aspire to be out there playing alongside my heroes and, obviously, Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley who came through the academy here, too, have been inspirational figures for me.
“Hopefully, young players in the Academy now can see how I have been able to progress and make my way to the Everton first team.
“But we all know that the hard work doesn’t stop because we want to be part of taking the club to the next level as well.”