Everton midfielder Tom Davies has praised Sam Allardyce for having a positive impact on his performances since he took the reigns at the club in December.

The 19-year old feels that Allardyce has allowed him to thrive by playing him in his best position, deploying him in an area that allows him to get forward.

Despite starting life under Allardyce on the bench, Davies has re-established himself as a key player for Everton, frequently impressing the manager in training.

Having often been deployed in central midfield as part of a three under Allardyce, Davies says he has relished being given a more creative license. Talking to the club’s official website, Davies said;

He [Allardyce] has been good for me. I wasn’t starting straight away but I managed to get myself in the team and I am playing in a position I like to play, advanced midfield, which I don’t think I have done that often.

I have played in a few different positions but this is the one I like. It lets me get forward. I do need to get back into the team’s shape but that is how I like to play.

I think when we have been playing at home, the best games have been when we played that system. I have been enjoying it.

The England Under-21 international is now aiming to help impress again by helping his side beat in-form Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park this weekend.

Davies – who has featured in 25 of the Blues’ 29 Premier League games this season – is targeting another dynamic home display against the Seagulls and has backed his manager’s pre-match press conference call to excite Evertonians. He continued;

We have a lot of confidence at Goodison. At home we have been good, we have been scoring and playing good football. I think this game will be a chance to show how good we are to get the fans behind us.

They are in good form and playing well. We are going to have to be at our best to beat them. We have the good home form but they are doing well, they have a style of playing so it will be an interesting game.

If we get the fans behind us early then I am sure we will go on to do well in the game.