Davies cites main reason he’s still at Everton after abandoning his exit strategy


Midfielder Tom Davies has revealed Carlo Ancelotti’s words convinced him to stay at Everton and not ask for a loan to move this season.

The 22-year-old made 23 starts out of 30 Premier League appearances last season. But the summer arrival of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure casts doubt on the action he would see this term.

With that in mind, England’s Under-21 ace sought out the Italian tactician to talk about his future. He was keen to secure a one-season loan away from Goodison Park to make sure his career didn’t end on the bench.

But it seems Ancelotti’s powers of persuasion were enough for him to stay in Merseyside.

“I went to talk to the manager and he gave me the assurance that if I worked hard and kept doing what I was, there would be opportunities for me,” he told the club. official site.

“He thought it was better to stay and help the team and train well and improve that way. Hearing this from him made me feel like I was needed around the place and that the two signings weren’t going to give me a chance.

“If it had been someone other than Carlo Ancelotti, maybe I would have pushed more, dug my heels a little bit and said I want to go out and show you how good I am.”

Davies takes wise words on board

Davies is enjoying a decent campaign and has made 25 appearances in all competitions. Despite his young years, he has already enjoyed 144 outings for the Toffees.

Confidence runs through his veins but it hasn’t always been that way. The youngster’s words will appear in the match schedule for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

And Ancelotti’s arrival seems to have been a catalyst for Davies to find out who he is as a player.

“He told me to simplify my game and it works, massively,” he added. “He helped me a lot with my positioning and taking less hits, knowing what to do before the ball hits my feet.

“He reminded me that this was how I played and it helped me get back to where I was.

“He wants me to play forward and break the lines with passes – but without losing possession and risking balls that won’t get there. If the forward pass is not activated, there are ways to find positions on the pitch to make it happen.

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