Some people are cool, some people aren’t, it’s just a way of life.
David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Andrea Pirlo all have real mojo while other footballers somehow don’t (no offence Tony Hibbert).
Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are flying the flag for the next generation of football’s biggest idols but one man is proving you don’t have to be a superstar to be super cool.
Tom Davies is the coolest footballer in England. Fact.
Davies came through at the club he has supported since he was a child and where his uncle played and broke into the first team at Goodison Park aged just 17.
Since then he has gone on to represent his beloved club 74 times before his 21st birthday.
And the starlet is steadily growing into the central midfield role at Everton, being named Young Player of the Season and winning the Goal of the Season and Performance of the Season awards in the 2016-17 season.
Possessing maturity far beyond his years in the centre of the park, with Phil Jagielka out and a number of other injuries, Marco Silva handed Davies the huge honour of being named captain against Arsenal on Sunday.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made sure all three points stayed in London, but Davies was one of the brightest sparks in the Everton team constantly probing and bustling in midfield.
In a day that would have made his entire family incredibly proud Davies became Everton’s youngest ever Premier League captain at 20.
But Davies’ cool-factor doesn’t stop at just being a brilliant talent on the pitch – he’s proving himself as a lovable rogue in the sea of perma-tanned, tattooed modern footballers.
Davies has already impressed four managers enough to stay in the first team and secured a new five-year deal in 2017 to keep him at the club long term.
With his future at Goodison all sewn up Davies has been concentrating on crafting his throwback image.
Take the hair – Davies’ long shaggy mane makes him instantly recognisable on the pitch and his pulled-down socks are a nod to his uncle Alan Whittle during his time at the club.
The pink boots might be a shade to light for some of you purists but Davies oozes retro class.
A quick scan of the midfielder’s Instagram and you will find yourself awash with vintage clothes and faded effects.
They genuinely do not make them like this any more
If you weren’t already thinking that Davies is disrupting all the automatic stereotypes we have of modern footballers then the footage of him cruising through Liverpool on a skateboard will leave you yearning for the days of Beckham’s mohawk and
Liverpool’s cream suits Henry saying ‘Va Va Voom’.
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