Everton youngster Tom Davies has revealed how he managed to impress Ronald Koeman in granting him an opportunity to play for the club’s first team.
The 18-year-old spent a substantial amount of time at the beginning of the season playing for the development squad in the under-23s.
However, Everton are now unbeaten in seven Premier League games and Davies has been a major contributor in the Toffees’ new-found form.
Having already made 10 first team appearances, the English midfielder gave his own insight as to how with the guidance of Koeman, he developed into a key member of the team.
“I wasn’t ready,” Davies told The Daily Mail.
“I was playing for the Under 23s. I heard what people were saying but I could see, even in training, how much I needed to improve. He [Koeman] took the time to leave me out and let me develop and that has given me confidence and experience.
“For him to be coaching me – and his brother (Erwin) as well – they are really helpful and I’m just trying to take everything on board.
“I feel like I have fitted in well since he gave me a chance. I feel like I am part of it. The time being out of the team was worth the wait. I feel ready now.”
The Liverpudlian has been monumental for his side having played the full 90 minutes of four of the Toffees’ last five league matches. Most notably, Davies scored a stunning first Everton goal during the shocking and sensational 4-0 win over Manchester City.
Koeman’s side will host Middlesbrough this weekend, with a win potentially bringing them a step closer to breaking into the top six of the Premier League.