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Everton should give Gueye and Davies partnership another chance

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on December 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce will be looking to get the best out of his midfielders.

Tom Davies of Everton runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

A lack of defensive solidity was certainly a major problem for Everton earlier in the season, but now, under the guidance of Sam Allardyce, that issue has become significantly less pertinent.

One of the major factors behind Everton's increased resilience has been the performances of Idrissa Gueye, with the midfielder having stepped up to provide his defence with the requisite protection.

Allardyce has helped to get several members of Everton's squad performing effectively, and he will hope to do likewise with Tom Davies.

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United is challenged by Tom Davies of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in...

The talented young midfielder broke into the Everton first-team last season in spectacular fashion as he produced some accomplished displays, but this season has been something of a struggle for the academy product, who has often lacked his usual spark.

There is little doubt, though, that Davies is a very talented player, with the 19-year-old capable of playing excellent passes, while he can also make a contribution defensively.

With Gueye performing so effectively, perhaps the best option for Allardyce is to deploy Davies alongside the Senegal international on a regular basis.

Idrissa Gueye of Everton (L), Tom Davies of Everton (C) attempts to tackle Sam McQueen of Southampton (R) during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park...

Gueye frequently played alongside Davies earlier in the campaign, but, with neither player in good form, the pairing didn't work especially well.

Now, with Gueye excelling, it can help to bring the best out of Davies by giving him greater licence to push forwards and make the most of the creative attributes that he possesses.

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