Tom Davies sunk to the turf, his clenched fists shaking with emotion. After immediate elation the enormity of what he’d just done hit home. He’d scored for Everton. He’d played out his dream. The dream of you and I. Jumping into the Gwladys Street to celebrate with fans, Davies announced his arrival on the biggest stage of all with a stunning finish as the Toffees destroyed Manchester City.
The 18-year-old finished with aplomb after a lung-busting run which filled fans with astonished excitement as every stride took him closer to the City penalty box.
The Gwladys faithful in that famous end were still celebrating his audacious trickery to beat Yaya Toure as Ross Barkley played in his fellow boyhood Blue to chip the ball home. With his blond flowing flocks and rolled down socks, the Ketwig Kaiser penned his first chapter in Everton history.
It was a special moment for everyone who holds a place for the Toffees in their heart. It was more than just a goal. It meant so much more. It was an ‘I was there’ moment. He’s one of us.
“You could just tell the fans were so happy,” he said. “When I slid on my knees, I was thinking, ‘I need to get in the crowd here.'” He knows.
Tom Davies is living the life we’ve all yearned for.
Playing in front of 40,000 raucous Blues every week, surrounded by legends Royle, Rhino and Big Dunc at training, wearing the famous badge, going back to Leighton Baines’ to listen to Sgt. Peppers (getting carried away now…)
He’s an Everton icon in waiting. He has a swagger and glides across the pitch. He boasts an arrogance, a humble confidence. He’s special.
The shoulder pass against Leicester, the assist at Palace, roaring with delight as he jumped on the back of Ross Barkley at Hull, his burgeoning bromance with Mason Holgate. He’s the business.
Then there was the snarling reaction to Raheem Sterling scything him down. He wasn’t fazed and won’t be bullied.
Every team needs quality players but a cool f***er is essential too and Davies will have no problem replacing Baines when Leighton retires to fully focus on his guitar and music collection.
Make no mistake, it is no coincidence Everton’s upturn in fortunes in 2017 coincided with Davies cementing his place in the starting XI.
As Evertonians, his emergence has given us renewed hope and optimism – we will live our dreams through him as our local lad embarks on a career in the royal blue shirt.
‘Davo’ as he is known by his team-mates, can be one of the scouse poster boys, along with Barkley and others, of the Farhad Moshiri era – the local core with bags of talent tasked with taking Everton back to the top.
He’s the lucky Blue playing out what we have all daydreamed about growing up. Let’s hope he can play a major part in our ultimate dreams being realised. Bainesy said recently: “He’s a lovely kid, a great player and he’s Everton – he’s one of the ones we’ll all get behind.”
Tom Davies is Everton. The Ketwig Kaiser.