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'Outstanding' - Everton man praised for his international display in unfamiliar role

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England Under 21s head coach Aidy Boothroyd has been full of praise for Everton product Tom Davies after the Blues youngster helped spark a 2-0 win for the Young Lions with an influential performance at home to Kosovo, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Everton fans, can Davies hold down a deeper role under Silva?

Liverpool-born Davies was named captain for England’s Under 21s when they faced – and beat – Turkey 3-2 last Friday, but found himself without the armband and playing in an unfamiliar deeper role at home to Kosovo tasked with anchoring the midfield on Monday night.

There may be less competition in the advanced role (TransferMarkt), but Gylfi Sigurdsson is unlikely to be dropped from the position any time soon having started the Premier League campaign with the most key passes and second-most shots of any Everton player, according to data collected by WhoScored.

Davies was one of only four players to have retained their place in Boothroyd’s plans from his last Young Lions squad and the only Everton player named, as England’s U21s faced Turkey and Kosovo in Euro 2021 qualifiers.

If Davies wants to secure a more prominent role for himself at Goodison Park, it would be likely that he has to take up a deeper role under Silva like Boothroyd tasked him with, despite sharing desires to be the advanced midfielder earlier in the summer.

Their praise of Davies resounded with Young Lions boss Boothroyd, who told reporters after the game: “Tom was outstanding.
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