By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Jun, 2021 | 9:10pm

Carlton Palmer: Leeds United could target Everton's Tom Davies

Former Leeds United star Carlton Palmer reckons the Elland Road outfit could look to target Everton midfielder Tom Davies this summer.

The 22-year-old struggled for playing minutes under erstwhile Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti last term at Goodison Park, starting just 17 Premier League games.

According to Football Insider, Southampton are keen on Davies, who could be open to leaving if the incoming manager cannot give him assurances of regular football.

Palmer thinks Leeds could look to join the Saints in the race for the midfielder, though.

“I also think he fits into… the way he plays, Leeds might be interested in him as well,” the ex-Whites midfielder told This is Futbol.

“He fits into that sort of category that [Marcelo] Bielsa likes.”

Good enough for Leeds?

Davies brings verve to the table, and while Bielsa would love to have such a player in his ranks, the Everton man cannot be guaranteed a place in Leeds starting XI.

Kalvin Phillips will always play ahead of him when fit, but the England under-21 would be a fine cover and option off the bench.

Davies will not be keen to leave Goodison Park for where he will not be a regular first-team player, though, and a move to Elland Road should be ruled out.

If he is struggling to play ahead of Andre Gomes, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure at Everton, he has no chance whatsoever of breaking into Leeds starting line-up.

We really could do with another holding midfielder given Phillips’ recent injury woes, but we may likely have to settle for a player comfortable with spending time on the bench.

Landing one could prove herculean, and chances are Leeds would have to stick with the England international as their only option in the department next season.

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