Marco Silva has admitted that he is trying to rebuild the confidence of Tom Davies after a difficult time last season.
Davies burst onto the scene at Everton in the 2016/17 season, making 24 Premier League appearances for his boyhood club, including 18 starts under Ronald Koeman with many tipping him to become a regular for both club and country.
However, with Koeman quickly shown the exit door last season, and Everton playing some pretty wretched football under Sam Allardyce, Davies’ form dropped off.
Despite that, Davies was a surprise inclusion in the 40 man shortlist for the much coveted Golden Boy award earlier this week, but the new man in charge at Goodison Park, Marco Silva, has said that he is just trying to get the 20-year-old to believe in his talents once again.
“I understand – it’s up to us to help Tom convince myself he’s ready to play and then the fans. First it’s important he convinces himself of his true value,” the former Watford boss said in his pre-match press conference.
“He’s a young player and started early with our club. He started well in his first season but last season wasn’t his best.
“He’s winning some confidence which is important at this level and we have to help him along the way.
“He’s a product of our academy. He knows about the Golden Boy but it is not important to him. He’s a focused boy to achieve what he wants and he loves the club. I’m supporting him.”
Everton travel to Leicester today in the hope of picking up just their third win of the season.