Everton 2 – Lincoln City 1
Everton survived a scare in the FA Cup third round on Saturday against Lincoln City.
Managed by the Cowley brothers, Lincoln are top of the League Two standings.
The writing was on the wall for Lincoln after they fell 2-behind at Goodison Park inside 14 minutes.
Ademola Lookman opened for Everton in the 12th minute before Bernard found the target two minutes later.
But Lincoln halved the deficit in the 28th minute through Michael Bostwick, and Everton were forced to grind out the result.
Fears for Everton’s Tom Davies
Tom Davies started in midfield for Everton in the FA Cup.
Now 20-years-old, Davies has struggled for game time at Everton this season.
Once tipped for big things at the Toffees, Davies is now in danger of becoming a forgotten man.
Against Lincoln, Davies lasted just forty-five minutes before Marco Silva swapped him for Andre Gomes.
In the Guardian on Monday, Davies’s long term future at Everton is questioned:
That (Gomes) replaced Tom Davies was no great surprise given the 20-year-old’s largely ineffective display up to then.
It was not the first time either from a boyhood Evertonian who, like Ross Barkley before him, is in danger of losing his way at Goodison Park.
Davies, with nine Premier League appearances this season, looked the real deal under Ronald Koeman but, two permanent managers later, the picture is very different and having not grasped the opportunity afforded to him on Saturday it is possible he may not get another one soon.
FA Cup highlights
Celtic transfer update
Could Celtic sign Tom Davies on loan this January?
That possible transfer was peddled by the Daily Mail over the weekend. Readers are told:
The FA have anxieties about Davies, who will be a key player at Euro 2019, not getting enough football and his situation prompted West Ham and Celtic to make enquiries about his availability.
Social media reactions
Celtic want Tom Davies you say? pic.twitter.com/iAKbTWkmFw
— simply EFC (@simplyEFC) January 6, 2019
Sorry folks Tom Davies showing this isn’t his level and I’m talking about Lincoln. He’s shite.
— Lee83EFC (@f_mc83) January 5, 2019
How long are we going to wait on Tom Davies to come good? This is ridiculous.
— Happy Blue Year! (@RBMersey) January 5, 2019
Tom davies got dragged off at half time against a league 2 side cos he was getting over run in the midfield send the lad out on loan!
— Kieran Matthews (@kmatthews17) January 6, 2019