Paul Merson praises Tom Davies for display in Everton debut

The youngster made his debut in the draw with Southampton.

Paul Merson says he thinks Everton youngster Tom Davies is set for a bright future in the game, in comments to Sky Sports Soccer Saturday. 

The young midfielder came on for Darron Gibson late on in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday afternoon to make his debut for the Blues.

He impressed as well, putting in a composed performance that earned his praise from the Goodison Park faithful.

One of those who was impressed was Merson, who says one particular moment made him think that Davies is set for a bright future in the game.

“The young kid came on at just 17,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“He did one bit in the game and you thought ‘this kid is going to be good.’ It was in his own box and he threw two dummies and rolled it out wide and you thought, ‘hmm, he can play.’”

Davies will now be hoping this first display is the stepping-stone for him starring in the first team in future.

Goodison Park is certainly a good place to try and achieve that, with a number of youngsters having progressed through to the first team in recent years.

Indeed, developing young talent is among the ethos at Everton and he will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of John Stones and Ross Barkley in future.

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