4. Tom Davies isn’t ready
Let me start by saying that I’m a big believer in Tom Davies’ long-term potential. I think he has a terrific future ahead of him at Everton and would love to have him at Tottenham. With that being said, he isn’t ready for the physicality of the Spurs midfield.
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Simply picture in your mind Davies trying to shrug the likes of Victor Wanyama or Mousa Dembele off the ball. It simply isn’t going to happen. He may skip around them one or two times, but that’s not going to be enough to give Everton control of the midfield.
In fairness, Koeman will expect Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye to do his dirty work. My point is that two strong midfields aren’t enough to control Spurs at White Hart Lane. It’s a setup that might be good enough for Goodison Park, but it’ll be lacking on Sunday.
Similar to what I said about Leighton Baines, the only way Davies can have a good match is to do something special on the ball. I’m not sure he’ll see enough of it to have a fair shot at making any magic happen. Tom Davies might dominate this fixture one day, but it won’t be on Sunday.