Everton midfielder Tom Davies is in the final month of his contract and was on course to become a free agent. He is one of seven players whose deals were expiring in the summer. While the likes of Yerry Mina, Asmir Begovic and Andros Townsend are slated to leave the club as free agents, Davies has been offered a new deal alongside captain Seamus Coleman and goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.
Davies has risen through the ranks at Everton and has been with the club since 2009. The local lad from Merseyside made his first team debut in 2016 and has remained a squad option for several EFC managers ever since. Davies has failed to nail down a starting spot in any Everton manager’s side.
Under Sean Dyche too, the Englishman has remained a substitute for the majority of the season. The 24 year old’s career progress has stagnated as regular minutes are hard to comeby and he is viewed as a squad rotation player. Davies made 19 Premier League appearances but that amounted to just 527 minutes of Premier League football.
Tom Davies set for crunch talks with Everton over his future
According to Football Transfers, Davies is set for showdown talks over his future. The midfielder was offered a new deal but he may turn the new contract down as he searches for regular game time. Currently, Davies is Dyche’s fifth choice option behind Abdoulaye Doucoure, Idrissa Gueye, Amadou Onana and James Garner.
The future of Onana is in doubt too as Chelsea have rekindled their interest in the Belgian midfielder. However, Onana’s sale would not warrant increased minutes for Davies. If Onana leaves Everton, the Merseysiders will look to sign a replacement from the market. The question still lingers, will Davies have an extended role in the team if he signs a new deal?
At this point, the answer will not appease Davies. Dyche is unlikely to break the midfield trio of Onana, Doucoure and Gueye. This triplet offer dynamism, tenacity and physicality that makes the Dyche’s system tick.
Davies has interest from Championship and some Premier League clubs where he could have a crack at regular minutes. If Davies does walk out as a free agent, EFC will have a void to fill as the team cannot function with just four central midfielders. Jean-Philippe Gbamin is still at Everton but him being part of Dyche’s team is a little too farfetched thought.
Will Tom Davies reject the new deal and walk away as a free agent?