Everton midfielder Tom Davies has been named the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for January, capping off an incredible start to life in the top flight.
The 18-year-old, who only made his senior debut for the Toffees back in September, comfortably beat Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson to the award, with his goal and two assists enough to win Sky Sports’ online poll.
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Davies hit the headlines midway through January with a man of the match performance during his side’s 4-0 drubbing of Manchester City at Goodison Park.
He grabbed the third goal of the afternoon against Pep Guardiola’s side, lifting the ball over Claudio Bravo after receiving a through pass from Kevin Mirallas, having previously gone on a mazy solo run from inside his own half, leaving Gael Clichy and Yaya Toure for dead.
At the start of last month, Everton fans were concerned that Idrissa Gueye’s participation in the African Cup of Nations for Senegal would leave manager Ronald Koeman short of options in midfield.
However, Davies’ impressive performances helped allay those fears, as the Blues went through January unbeaten in the Premier League.
When asked how the Englishman was coping with all the added attention, following his eye-catching performance against City, the former Southampton manager was quick to urge the teenager to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
“I hope good because it’s only one game. It’s only three weeks where he is really involved (in the first team)”, Koeman was quoted as saying by Goal.com.
“He has to deal with that attention. I think it’s positive”.
“It’s a young player who took his chance in the first team. The manager and the rest of the coaching staff, we have to deal with that situation.”