By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

18th Mar, 2023 | 9:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

The “ship might have sailed” for Tom Davies to remain at Everton in the view of Kevin Campbell, who believes the midfielder will be thinking “I’m out of here”.

The 24-year-old has been a fixture of the first-team squad at Goodison Park since 2016 and has racked up 176 senior appearances for the club, but his contract is set to expire in the summer and he is only receiving late cameos off the bench from Sean Dyche.

The writing appears to be on the wall for his future on Merseyside and Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes Davies is now set to leave.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Potentially yes. Anybody whose contract’s up at the end of the season, it’s their choice rather than the club’s. It’s the player’s choice when it comes to the end of the season.

“If you’re a player you’re not waiting until the end of the season to see who’s going to be interested.

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“You know there’s going to be interest in you, and obviously if nothing has been sorted out with the club and you’ve got to this point with less than six months. 

“So realistically, you’re just getting to the end of the deal and you’re probably thinking to yourself, ‘I’m out of here.’

“Because obviously it’s a new regime. We don’t know what’s gone on in the background with the new manager speaking to players about their contract situations.

“Although Tom Davies has come on a lot, the manager can only pick 11. He’s got his midfield trio that did the business against Arsenal and beat Leeds, didn’t do so great away, but you’re going to stick with that trio.

“He seems to be the next man up, but I’m not sure. 

“I think that ship might have sailed. I think Tom Davies might leave.”

Davies has been a solid contributor in his Everton career but after last season was wrecked by injury it appears that the huge upheaval at the club has somewhat left him behind.

Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gana Gueye and James Garner all arriving in the summer before he’d had a chance to prove himself again has limited his opportunities.

And with Abdoulaye Doucouré the primary beneficiary of the switch from Frank Lampard, who once appeared to have plans for Davies, to Dyche ahead of a summer of more change it looks like the end of the road for the former academy product.