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QPR midfielder Josh Bowler was confirmed as another addition to Everton's Under-23s squad after undergoing a medical.

He is a highly-rated young midfielder and Everton have been pursuing a philosophy of building a squad of the best young talent they can acquire. Bowler rejected a new contract offer from QPR in June 2017 and Everton were encouraged to continue their pursuit.

He only signed his first professional contract in February 2017 and made his debut for Rangers in the 4-0 defeat at Norwich City on the final day of the Sky Bet Championship season. He joined the west London club in 2013 after being released by Fulham.

The Blues had been tracking the 18-year-old as a prime target for David Unsworth's Under-23s set-up but were rebuffed in their attempts to sign him in a £3M deal around the end of the 2016-17 season. But The two clubs finally agreed on a package for the 18-year-old.

Bowler made only one senior appearance for QPR having made his debut as a sub on the final day of the 2016-17 season but Everton believe he has a big future ahead of him, with the initial £1.5M transfer fee potentially rising to £4.25M if appearance-related clauses are triggered in the future.  

Bowler initially struggled, according to Under-23s boss David Unsworth, but ended the 2017-18 Premier League 2 campaign strongly. And Unsworth ws convinced he would kick-on and prove to be a main player at this level.
 
“You can see now the ability we saw,” Unsworth said. “He came in and we had to get him up to speed and he struggled, we’ve got to say it how it is.

“He struggled to get up to the tempo and speed of it and he didn’t get the run of games his performances in training were showing.

“He’s had to be patient. He’s a great lad, a great pro and what he’s done in the last couple of months is he’s got himself in the team, he’s stayed in the team and though he’s nowhere near the finished article, you can see the quality and the skill, he’s a game-changer.

"He can go past people, he’s someone who will get better and better.”

Bowler appeared to gain more confidence as the 2018-19 season progressed, with the U23s doing well.  He was particularly impressive a classic winger against Liverpool at Anfield in March 2019, flying down the wing and putting in a delicious low cross for Nathan Broadhead to convert at the far post, his second goal sealing a fine win in front of over 4,000 seething kopites.

And Bowler would claim the honour of scoring the key winning goal against the real opposition that threatened Everton's dominance of Premier League 2, 2nd-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, who were defeated by his solitary goal in a title decider at Goodison Park in April 2019. 

FactFile

Squad Number 42
Position Winger
Nationality England
Born Chertsey
Date of birth 5 March 1999
Height  
Joined 7 July 2017
Joined from Queens Park Rangers
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £1.5M+
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut Under-23s only
Previous Clubs Queens Park Rangers
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 42 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2018-19 42 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Everton U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-23s 10 (3) 6 (2) 0 0
2018-19 Under-23s 8 (7) 10 (1) 3 2

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2016-17 Queens Park Rangers 0 (1) 0 (0) 0 0



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