Everton manager Rafa Benitez has singled out Alex Iwobi for special praise as they prepare to tackle Burnley on Monday night.
The midfielder endured fitness problems during last month’s League Cup clash with Huddersfield but impressed the Blues boss with his resilience.
Everton were drawing 1-1 with the Championship outfit when Moise Kean was sent off just on the hour mark.
However, despite being seen to be limping, Iwobi remained on the field to help ensure the Toffees won and progressed.
While the Nigeria international stayed to aid the team as Andre Gomes teed up Andros Townsend who grabbed the winner on 79 minutes, Davies too had kept going before being substituted for Lucas Digne.
Benitez lauded Iwobi in his programme notes for Monday’s visit of Burnley and said: “I want to say how much I liked the character and determination of Alex Iwobi when he was hurt against Huddersfield but stayed on the pitch to help his teammates.”
Iwobi, meanwhile, started in the 2-2 draw at Leeds while he came on against Southampton and Brighton.
The playmaker’s 20-minute cameo drew praise from supporters, with his neat touches, positive running and incisive passes proving huge as Everton hung on for a 2-0 victory at the Amex Stadium.
After facing Burnley on Monday night, the Blues travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.