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Everton legend Southall says Davies ‘has to move on’

Tom Davies challenges for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Everton and Salford City at Goodison Park on September 16, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Southampton have been linked with a potential loan switch for Tom Davies and Everton legend Neville Southall has already declared that he believes that the Blues home-grown hero “has to move on.”

Writing in a chapter on Pressure in his new book Mind Games, Southall says:

“It’s easy to see why the English media and English fans hype up young English footballers.

“What they’re doing is selling a dream. They’re not just hyping you up, they’re pushing the idea that you could be the answer for the country and will finally take England back to where they think the team belongs.

“Then when you inevitably fail to live up to that unrealistic hype, you get flak.

“Take Tom Davies of Everton. He comes into the team at the age of 18 and tries his b******s off, so everyone says, ‘Oh, he gets it, he’s a breath of fresh air, he’s the future.’

“Then when he suffers a period of patchy form, like every young player does, or the team isn’t performing so well, it’s, ‘He’s s**t, get him out of the team.’

“By the age of 21 he’s already gone through the entire cycle and now has to move on.

“Judge Tom Davies on the situation he was put into, the lack of help he got from senior pros in the team, the changing managers, the fact that he’s a bloody kid.

“How hard is that for him to deal with? He’s still learning and developing as a player and person, but now he has so much piled on top of him and he’s having to do it all in the public eye.

“How strong do you have to be to manage that and come out level-headed the other side?”

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