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Tom Davies' Untamed Hair Is A Reflection Of His Outstanding Attitude

Tom Davies' Untamed Hair Is A Reflection Of His Outstanding Attitude
By Mikey Traynor
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It's hard not to enjoy seeing a player like Tom Davies put in a performance like the one he did against Manchester City a few weeks back.

After a number of impressive performances having been thrust into the first team by Ronald Koeman this season (although he made his debut last May), Davies ran the show as the Toffees dismantled Man City, and Davies' goal, the fourth in the 4-0 win, was the cherry on top.

At just 18-years old, to see a young lad look dominant against City's stars suggests Everton have a real player on their hands, but at the same time the level of expectation and the added pressure that type of spotlight will bring has seen players of a similar ilk fall by the wayside.

That's why Everton fans will have been so pleased by Davies' first big interview with The Telegraph, as it is quite clear that he has his feet firmly planted on the ground.

He is immediately noticeable on the pitch for his Totti/Rui Costa style socks, and also for his untamed blond locks that make him look more like a member of the 90s band 'Hanson' than a Premier League footballer, but that in itself is a reflection of how he lives his life, without a care for how he is perceived.

I started growing the hair a few years back, then got rid of it all and I missed it, so I’ve grown it back.

David Unsworth [Everton Under-23s coach] used to give me loads of stick for my music and my hair, always telling me to get it cut. It’s all a good laugh really. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. Not being influenced by other people. Just be good at what you do and be the person you want to be.

I would not change that for anything. That’s how I like to play so I’m thankful people have taken to that.

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His favourite band are Kings Of Leon, for what it's worth, and the fact that his mother is a hairdresser would have no doubt given David Unsworth all the ammunition he needs when slagging his hair.

But that is profound advice for someone so young, and it's clear that Davies is not your average teenager.

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Also brought up for discussion in that same interview was what he and a group of his mates got up to on their summer holiday last year. We've seen Jack Grealish give the perfect example of how badly these sort of trips can go for a young lad with the world at his feet, but Tom Davies didn't fancy Tenerife, or Aiya Napa, instead deciding to take a scenic tour of Italy.

We just wanted to see the culture– it’s part of the world I’ve never been to.

We started on the Amalfi coast, Capri, and then got the train to Rome. We saw the Pope, the Colosseum, then we went on to Lake Como.

Maybe I’m not your average footballer, but that’s just who I am and what I’m like.

He certainly isn't your average footballer, as not many can claim to have made the impact that he has made, at the level he did it, at the age of 18, but that can also be seen in the way that he views the world around him.

That will be most encouraging for Everton fans. Yes he's a quality player, but he's also got his head screwed on, further evidenced by his admission that he still has a long way to go.

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There are parts of my game I am good at but I don’t think I’m fantastic at any one thing – just good at most things. I feel I have to keep on improving. I don’t want to think too much about what has been happening, I just want to keep playing. I don’t want that goal to be a one-off.

The sky is the limit for Davies, and while he may find his playing time reduced when Idrissa Gueye returns from the African Cup of Nations, he's clearly a big part of Koeman's plans going forward.

[via The Telegraph]

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