Tom Davies on track to become Everton's new driving force

Davies’ lack of opportunities from the start is in part down to the summer arrivals of Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney, who all favour a similar role to that of Davies, but the England Under-21 international insists there is not a problem when it comes to balance within the squad.

“We’re all different types of players. I think we all bring something different to the team,” he said. “Obviously Wayne is so good on the ball and has so much experience. Gylfi adds goals to the team and his set-plays are so dangerous.

“It’s just about finding a way to fit us all in, and once that comes, our quality can show. If we find a system and an understanding between each other that works then I’m sure it’ll be good.”

Rooney’s arrival, in particular, was special for boyhood Everton fan Davies, having watched the former England captain himself break onto the scene in spectacular circumstances at Goodison Park. He is still becoming accustomed to having one of his football heroes alongside him.

“It was kind of weird when he came back, but now it feels quite natural,” he said. “Just seeing him here was surreal at first. When I come off the pitch a bit unsure about my performance he’s always there to chat with me about what’s happened in the game. That means a lot, having grown up supporting the club.”

Rooney’s presence is a reminder to Davies of what can be achieved by those who come through the academy system on Merseyside, and though his lifestyle choices may differ from some of those who have come before him, at present they are standing him in good stead to repeat his hero’s trajectory.