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Teenager Tom Davies grateful for getting Everton chance





Teenager Tom Davies grateful for getting Everton chance Tom Davies reveals to Soccer AM's Tubes that he still gets lifts to training from his mum

Tom Davies says he is grateful for his Everton chances after breaking into the first team as he shows Soccer AM's Tubes around Finch Farm.

The 18-year-old has been at the club for seven years, coming through the academy set-up before making his senior debut in April 2016 during a 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Since then, Davies has gone on to establish himself as a regular starter under Ronald Koeman and while he admits that it took a while to adapt to the jump from the Under-23s to the first team, he is thankful to the club for how he has progressed.

"It was hard at first getting up to speed with it all [in the first team], but it is definitely something I look back on with great pride and joy," he told Soccer AM presenter Tubes.

"The whole time, I have just been enjoying myself and I've adapted to it quite quickly and I'm grateful for the chances I've had to be able to do that.

The midfielder made his debut against Southampton at the age of 17

"I don't think I ever thought that [about being ready to make the step up]. I was just more concentrated on how I was playing at the time and just getting into the teams I was playing in.

"It came around quite quickly again for me. I managed to get into the U23s and finally broke into the first team so I don't think at any time I was thinking too far ahead, it was just concentrating on the present really.

"The manager and his staff have definitely helped me out a lot this year since I've been in the first team. I don't think I would be having memorable days like I've had without the help I've been given. Again, I'm just really grateful."

One of these memorable days will certainly be his first goal for the senior side during a 4-0 win against Man City in January, capping off an eye-catching performance from the teenager in his third Premier League start of the season.

A still from his maiden strike is on the walls of the Everton training ground, and was a stop on his tour with Tubes ahead of the Nissan Super Sunday trip to Tottenham.

"It was a great memory and to have it on the wall now is unbelievable. It's the first time I've seen it," Davies added.

"It was a dream, I just remember picking the ball up and I just kept going because the space just kept opening up for me. Lucky enough, Romelu [Lukaku] didn't get a touch on it. He helped me out though because Nicholas Otamendi was going to get there.

"I don't know how that happened [muscling out Yaya Toure in the build-up] but to do it against a player like him, it just adds more to it so for me. It is great to look back on it and I will always have that memory."

Although he may be from the blue half of Merseyside, Liverpool fans have also congratulated Davies on his first-team breakthrough when spotting him in the town centre, with the teenager seeing himself as an all-rounder.

"It's how the city is, they always want one of their own to do well no matter what half you're from or what team you support. I suppose to see someone from your city doing well is good so it's really nice to get that from people.

"I think I'm a box-to-box midfielder really. I wouldn't say I was great at anything but I'm good at a few things.

"I work hard and I can get forward and defend, it is just having that balance of doing both really, that's how I like to play with full energy and enjoying the game."


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