Tom Davies on the challenge he faces getting into Everton’s new-look side

Tom Davies is ready for the fight he faces to force his way into Marco Silva’s new-look Everton team.

The 20-year-old midfielder got his first appearance of the Portuguese’s reign on Saturday in the 2-1 win over Southampton, but it was only as a substitute — replacing Morgan Schneiderlin when the Frenchman suffered a first-half injury.

Having seen the Blues bring in Richarlison, Bernard and Andres Gomes this summer to boost their options in attack and midfield, Davies is among a number of Goodison youngsters who may find regular first-team football this season hard to come by.

However, Davies — who started 20 league matches last season under Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce — is confident as he believes Silva’s style of football will suit him.

He said: “There’s big competition, so when I get a chance I’ve got to take it. That’s what I tried to do [against Southampton]. It’s always high-tempo training and everyone trying to get in the team, so it’s only going to benefit me.

“The way the manager plays suits me and the way he wants me to play is how I like to play and see the game. It’s high tempo. He wants me to press, get forward, be a box-to-box midfielder.

“That’s how I want to play, really, so it’s good to have that sort of freedom and role in the team. It’s something I’m looking forward to this year, developing into the player I want to be.

“This year I’m hoping to progress again and under the manager I think I can do that.”

Everton spent close to £90m as they signed Watford forward Richarlison, defenders Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne from Barcelona and secured loan deals for Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma and Barca midfielder Gomes.

New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale is keen for the club to continue to grow in the ‘Everton way’.

Barrett-Baxendale is confident the club will continue to attract top talent but also believes Silva and new director of football Marcel Brands are the right men to bring through talented youth.

“If we are to fully achieve our goals, we must continue to attract the very best talent to Everton,” she wrote in a column for ESPN . “Marcel has a proven track record for unearthing talent and developing players. Marcel and Marco have placed a key emphasis on the development of young talent.

“Everton is renowned for its world-class academy and Marcel and Marco have a shared vision to utilise our productive and respected youth system as a vital component of their strategy.”

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