Date set for Premier League Cup clash

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 25comments  |  Jump to last

A date has been set for David Unsworth's youngsters to take on Sunderland after a waterlogged pitch caused the game to be called off last Saturday.

Everton U23s will take on the Black Kittens in the rearranged Round of 16 tie of the Premier League Cup a week on Friday at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, Haig Avenue, Stockport Southport. Kick-off is at 7 pm.

Everton topped their group in the earlier stages of this competition, after six games, home and away, against Doncaster Rovers, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Utd, remaining unbeaten, and earning them home advantage against Sunderland, who finished 2nd in their group.

 

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Geoff Harrison
1 Posted 20/03/2019 at 21:15:55
Stockport? Again?
Frank Wolfe
2 Posted 21/03/2019 at 00:38:42
The Black Kittens! Really? What are we the Tiny Toffees, Toffee Tots?
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 21/03/2019 at 00:52:32
Geoff, I think Michael has one of them Trigger moments. Stockport is his “Dave”.
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
4 Posted 21/03/2019 at 02:36:14
Stockport...?? WTF?

I got Cheshire Cats on the brain!

Derek Knox
5 Posted 21/03/2019 at 18:32:54
Good one Steve, I thought Michael's stock of port had taken a hefty hit.

I don't suppose it is available to watch on Everton TV, or any other source is it Michael?

Derek Knox
6 Posted 21/03/2019 at 19:49:58
England Under-21s v Poland at Ashton Gate, 7:45 pm, has Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin playing.
Derek Knox
7 Posted 21/03/2019 at 20:01:15
Sorry, forgot to mention it is on BT Sport 2, Calvert-Lewin has just scored!
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

8 Posted 22/03/2019 at 01:00:27
The winger who laid on the goal worked the position well, but Calvert-Lewin showed a finisher's nous by the way he checked his run towards goal and held his position to receive the ball, while his marking centre back kept running back towards goal, ended up on his arse, leaving Dom an easy tap in.

That was smart play and positioning by our boy.

Jonjoe as skipper and crisp in everything he did. Lookman taking up and creating good positions and situations but not quite pulling things off. Kieran Dowell as smooth as silk and class-class-class in everything he did in a much deeper, holding central midfield role.

With his range of passing and time on the ball, it's a position and role worth experimenting more with Kieran.

Derek Knox
9 Posted 22/03/2019 at 07:34:48
Jay, regarding Kieran Dowell, I have to agree, they are playing him in a much deeper role than we are used to seeing him in, and he received a lot of praise from Aidy Boothroyd in the post-match interview.

He said something to the effect that "Kieran was excellent in that role, which was a tad different to his usual, but I could play him anywhere, he is that highly thought of."

I noticed too that Sheffield United played him in a wide left role last week, and he earned rave reviews from fans and Manager alike. As I have mentioned on here a few times, I really like the lad, but any criticism would be that he'd go missing in games. Maybe he is becoming the player we all hoped he would be at the right time now.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

10 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:23:20
Derek, I honestly don't think the 1st team has a player with the equivalent range of passing skills that Kieran possesses.

Add to that his ability to see the pass and execute it – both long and short - together with the power and accuracy of his shooting skills and there is an exceptional footballer in Kieran.

The question mark has always been one of strength, stamina and application. But in answer to that, he has now had two consecutive loan spells with decent Championship teams and more than held his own and made a good contribution to promotion challenging teams.

I thought he was outstanding last night, outshining the likes of Foden and Maddison in England's midfield.

The deep-lying 'quarter back' linking position he played potentially gives him time on the ball to really hurt teams with his passing range.

I was hugely impressed. We might just have a solution to a key position already on our books.

Even if he doesn't make it at Everton, somebody is going to get an extremely talented player.

Rob Dolby
11 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:41:51
Dowell would thrive in any team that had hard workers playing alongside him.

He is a Mahrez type of player. Our problem is that we only have Gana Gueye and Davies who put a challenge in meaning Dowell would soon get criticised for not pulling his weight.

The lad at least deserves a chance – it's not like we are too good for him, is it.

Peter Gorman
12 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:55:27
Thanks for the feedback, Derek and Jay, I've never seen Dowell play deep before so it is interesting to hear that it played to his strength of passing.

I also agree that he is a unique player as far as our squad goes and I am one of those fans that love nothing more than seeing 'one of our own' make the grade. As has been remarked so often, it really is up to him as he has all the talent in the world.

Stephen Davies
13 Posted 22/03/2019 at 11:10:13
Jay #10,

I'm not equating him to the likes of Kante or Mahrez but it's no coincidence these types of players are 'found' later on in their careers.

Stuart Foster
14 Posted 22/03/2019 at 11:12:17
Dowell played deep against Rotherham and impressed me then. Given the way football is going, he is tailor-made for that position in a possession-based team. He can put his foot in, but it is more about keeping the ball moving.

What he lacks is the positional side of the position, which can only come with experience, and also whether he really has that desire to make it at the very top.

I also think the system used last night, with 2 attacking midfielders is the way we need to go, rather than our 2 central midfielders, with a No 10.

Jon Withey
15 Posted 22/03/2019 at 11:52:34
I always imagine that the further you move back in midfield, the more defensive work you have to do and I never saw Dowell as the tackling type or even the pressing or tracking type (similar problem to Lookman?).

No doubt he has a great range of passing and a bit of vision; I'd love to see him do well.

Sam Hoare
16 Posted 22/03/2019 at 12:09:05
Dowell's not had a great time at Sheffield United so far. In and out of the team over the last few matches.

He's clearly a player with great talent but needs a loan move where he really establishes himself as a starting player, week-in & week-out. I wonder if he'd be suited to a move to Italy or Spain where he'd get a bit more time on the ball for his passing range to shine through. I guess that doesn't really suit our purposes though and the hope is that if he can cut it in the rough and tumble of the Championship then he'll be Premier League ready.

I still remember when Dowell made his first start against Norwich for caretaker Unsworth; him and Davies (best mates) ruled that match and it was such a breath of fresh air. Not sure how many Premier League games the two have started together since.

Fran Mitchell
17 Posted 22/03/2019 at 12:17:49
I remember when Pirlo was a younster, I used to love watching Football Italia, and he came through as an attacking mid. He spent many years on loans before establishing himself. But he became a world class deep playmaker, his calmness and range of passing is what made him. Pirlo + Gattuso was an amazing combo.

Dowell has similar attributes, obviously is unfair to compare, but it is a style he could aim to imitate and something we could look to develop.

He has great passing, skill, and is very calm on the ball. He is not a player who will run a marathon every game, and he won't be lunging around Phil Neville style, this is part of his make-up. Either we try to develop him by trying to maximise his skills, then we could have a player. If we try to mold him to do things that aren't, then he'll fail.

Tony Hill
18 Posted 22/03/2019 at 13:07:54
I think Dowell has enormous talent but I fear that he lacks mental strength and self-belief. He has wilted both at Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United at just the point when he was being praised most highly. He may yet recover himself at Sheffield, and he must look to develop the lasting confidence which his talent warrants.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

19 Posted 22/03/2019 at 13:45:51
From memory, I think it was Peter Mills who said he has a Blades supporting (and Sheffield based) son-in-law.

Peter, if you see this thread, any chance of an update on Kieran in his time with the Blades?

Appreciated if you can oblige.

And Tony @ 18, I don't think he 'wilted' at Forest. He was wowing them when he first arrived, including getting a classy hat-trick away to Hull. What did for him more than anything was a change of manager mid-season who didn't fancy him and was unwilling to give game time to a loanee over his contracted players.

As for his time at Sheffield, it's a tribute to him that he has made the starting XI on many occasions in a team already in the top 3 of an extremely competitive Championship this year.

Given the number of games they play, it's not surprising the manager rotates his squad with a horses for courses starting XI. Again, not indicative that he has 'wilted'.

Kevin Prytherch
20 Posted 22/03/2019 at 14:22:15
There was an interview with Dowell where he explained that the Sheffield Utd manager effectively had 5 players (I think) playing for 3 slots. And the manager rotated them based on the opposition.

None of the 5 expect to start every game and could play anywhere across the line of 3 attacking midfielders.

It would explain why Dowell has popped up on the left wing and in the centre, as well as being on the bench.

He also scored the only goal of the game in a MotM performance against 4th place West Brom (Holgate's team).

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

21 Posted 22/03/2019 at 14:46:59
Kevin @ 20, I watched that West Brom game because of the Holgate - Dowell interest.

Both players did well in a very competitive game. Sheffield look a very impressive outfit.

Kieran's goal reinforces what you say, about him filling in anywhere across the midfield, depending on the opposition and game tactics.

In this game and for his goal he played a more advanced central midfield role. Even in the build-up to the goal, you can see him as the most advanced Sheffield player.

He then checks his run into the West Brom penalty area in anticipation of the cross and pull back, then has the technique and awareness to angle a very precise header across and over the keeper. Neat finish.

Watch it here:

Tony Hill
22 Posted 22/03/2019 at 15:53:17
Hope you're right about him, Jay, I would love to see him succeed. I have admired him for a long time. He is a very elegant player at his best.
James Flynn
23 Posted 22/03/2019 at 17:39:22
At that link Jay posted, Dowell almost creates a second goal (around the 26-32 seconds point). He really is good with the ball.
Justin Doone
24 Posted 22/03/2019 at 19:57:14
Dowell's game is similar to Gomes's, passing and linking play. For that, they need to find space, receive the pass, play the ball to a runner, and go again.

The Premier League is often fast and furious with little time on the ball. Dowell isn't as good at shielding the ball or as strong as Gomes so it's more important he keeps moving to find the space whilst not getting in the way of others.

He's not got the pace to be a winger but could play wide in a Beckham=-style role. Hard work, fitness, great first touch to get away from players and killer pass or cross.

Until he finds the coach, style, team and confidence to play to his strengths it'll be a few more years before he blossoms.

Tony Hill
25 Posted 24/03/2019 at 18:14:59
Jay @8, just watched that goal. You're right about DCL's movement. That's the mark of a proper finisher. I've also watched him again in the Chelsea game. Let's not get carried away but I'm starting to think this boy may be starting to come of age in a serious way.

In some ways - and I appreciate the comparison has many flaws - he reminds me of Lineker. He often doesn't look like a natural footballer but he has the knack nonetheless. He's better in the air and, on occasions, has a better football brain.

He will be himself in the end. I am very glad he's ours.

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