Tom Davies close to signing new five-year deal at Everton after becoming first-team regular

Chris Bascombe
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Everton youngster Tom Davies is on the verge of signing a new five-year deal as a reward for his elevation into the first team.

Davies broke into the senior side to become a regular in recent months, which has coincided with an impressive run of results for Ronald Koeman. Now contract talks are virtually done, with the 18-year-old expected to pen the deal shortly after Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Davies is a product of Everton’s youth system and has excelled at junior levels for club and country. His dynamic style has made him an instant favourite at Goodison Park.

Davies has excelled under the management of Ronald Koeman Credit: Rex

The new contract will tie Davies to Everton until 2022.

Meanwhile, Koeman’s feud with the Republic of Ireland has intensified with the Everton manager accusing Martin O’Neill of failing to protect midfielder James McCarthy.

Koeman took the unusual step of reading pre-prepared notes when quizzed on the latest setback to the 26-year-old, a hamstring injury suffered in the warm-up head of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales.

“James had an injury when he reported for Ireland duty last week. Our medical team made the Ireland medical team aware of this, of course,” said Koeman.

“Everton’s medical team advised extreme caution, not only due to the current injury but due to previous injuries, too.

Koeman accused Martin O’Neill of failing to protect midfielder James McCarthy Credit: Rex

“And the assessment by the Ireland medical team was that it would be high risk for James to play against Wales.

“But, of course, James has a strong desire to play for his country, so when asked if he was fit to play he said he felt he was fit.

“And he was selected to start the game by the Ireland manager who, in my opinion, in this instance was not protecting the player.

“Clearly, James was not fit to play.

“He had trained for only two days with Ireland and he broke down during the warm-up.

“Given the circumstances, given that he has started only one game in the whole of 2017, given that he had not been able to play for almost three weeks before the game against Wales - in my opinion he would need at least one full week of training before he could possibly be declared fit to play.

“James must take responsibility, too, and we have spoken about this.

“This is not the first time this has happened when James has joined up with Ireland, and it is really frustrating that James will now miss our game against Liverpool tomorrow, our game against Manchester United on Tuesday and will not be fit again for several weeks.”

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