Tom Davies of England U21's during the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier match
Tom Davies is undoubtedly one of the bigger success stories of the Everton youth setup, having broken into the first team in the second half of last season. The 19-year-old midfielder was heavily involved, especially in the later part of the season, where he started 18 of Everton's last 19 games in the League.
Tom Davies of Everton and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during a Premier League match
The homegrown talent, however, is looking to his more experienced colleagues to add to his game, "I am always looking at the other lads to see how I can improve. I did it a lot last season as well – and now I can pick up even more from the players who have come in, like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne (Rooney) and Davy Klaassen", he said speaking to Liverpool Echo.
"They all have elements of their games I can learn from and try to add to my game, be it types of movement, different techniques, or positions on the pitch. I have a lot to learn. I am still very young and my talent is quite raw, so I am just picking up little parts of the game I have not previously been told about or noticed. I can pick them up from these players", he concluded.
Tom Davies of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City
Despite the reduction in game time, Tom Davies seems to be the first choice behind the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye as was evident when he started the game against Chelsea as the Frenchman served his one match suspension. In the long term, the competition will be beneficial for the youth graduate.
In the meantime, if he can learn from seasoned professionals, it will only stand him in good stead for the future. One thing is for sure, he has huge potential which has been evident in the games for England U21s and Everton.