Everton coach Davide Ancelotti has hailed the improvement in midfielder Tom Davies since his arrival.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Ancelotti was asked which player has improved the most since he and his father joined the coaching staff.
He was clear it was Davies and praised the midfielder’s ability to take on new information.
When asked which Toffees player has improved the most since he arrived, Ancelotti replied: “Tom Davies. (He) improved his qualities because he is a guy with a really good learning capacity.
“When you say one thing to him, it’s enough, you don’t have to repeat things. He has improved a lot, the way he is able to play under pressure, the personality he shows on the ball, when he’s defending, how he helps others.
“In the 15 months we’ve been here, he’s the player who has impressed me most. We also have Leighton Baines who takes care of our young players. All of the players – not just Tom – are really interested in how they played.
“They all want to learn and to see what’s wrong when they have a feeling that something went wrong during the game.”
Davies has gone from a player that many weren’t sure was good enough to play for Everton into one who has proven his quality.
He’s found his role in the side and has grasped the opportunity to play under one of the world’s best managers with both hands.
Unfortunately, his time away with the England Under 21 side at the European Championship isn’t going as well as he’d have hoped.
The Young Lions are in action at 5pm, and need a win by two clear goals to give themselves any chance of qualifying for the knockout round, which will take place in the summer.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive