Ancelotti hails Everton ace who has a 'big heart' but lacks 'technical quality'

Nathaniel Kay March 10, 2021
Ancelotti hails Everton ace who has a 'big heart' but lacks 'technical quality'
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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised the 100% commitment of midfielder Tom Davies, speaking to Stadium Astro.

Davies is still only 22 years old but has matured into a key cog in Ancelotti’s squad.

Although he may not be a regular starter, the England U21 midfielder always gives his all when Everton call on his services.

Despite his tender years, Davies has amassed more than 140 appearances since making his senior debut in 2016.

But it wasn’t until recently that Davies gained serious recognition for his part in Everton’s great season so far.

Davies has a ‘big heart’

Ancelotti said: “Tom Davies is doing well. You have to consider Davies is really young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League.

“He is a team player. He is a player who likes to work for the team.”

Despite the praise, the Everton boss handed Davies a bit of a back-handed compliment.

“Maybe (Davies) doesn’t have a lot of technical quality – but his heart is big.

“He’s done really well this season and improved a lot. I like team players.”

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Unselfish behaviour

Because of his selfless nature, Davies has often been sacrificed for the more “technical” teammates Ancelotti hinted at.

James Rodriguez, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes are glossier midfield versions of the young Evertonian.

Even other ‘roll your socks down’ players such as Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure are often preferred to Davies.

Allan is an excellent defensive shield and Doucoure covers both boxes brilliantly.

Decent in all departments

Whereas Doucoure and Allan excel in their individual positions, however, Davies is consistent in all those departments.

Nothing extraordinary but reliable and hard-working.

That is in no way a criticism – quite the opposite. The ability to be play a range of roles makes a manager’s life a lot easier.

Ancelotti knows if any of his midfielders are injured or fall out of form, Davies is there to pick up the pieces.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.