Tom Davies has opened up on why it didn’t work out for him at Everton.
Speaking to Stadium Astro’s YouTube channel, the midfielder admitted that he found it hard to reach his potential at Goodison Park due to the constant changes at the club.
Davies joined Everton’s academy in 2009 and went onto make his Premier League debut seven years later.
The former England youth international really caught the eye when he first burst onto the scene, earning awards for Everton’s Young Player of the Season, Goal of the Season and Performance of the Season in his first year.
Davies was soon named as the world’s seventh-most promising football under 20 by CIES Football Observatory and was later nominated for the Golden Boy award, shortly after becoming the youngest player to ever captain Everton.
However, it wasn’t long before things went downhill for Davies and he struggled to re-establish himself as a regular in the Premier League.
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The 25-year-old made 19 appearances in the top flight in his final season on Merseyside before rejecting a new contract at the club in favour of regular game-time.
Tom Davies blames Everton’s constant changes on his poor form
Davies left his boyhood club as a free agent to join Sheffield United and he has now spoken out on his struggles at Goodison Park.
“It’s hard for a footballer to reach their potential when they’re constantly being changed round,” Davies said.
“There’s people coming and going and you’re trying to make connections with different teammates, different managers and different formations.
“I think just fitting into a team and knowing they want me to be here for the player I am – that gives you that confidence and stability to express yourself on the pitch.”
Davies was handed his debut by Roberto Martinez seven years ago but he has since worked under a further seven permanent managers, failing to impress a majority of them in recent years.