Now heading the Scottish Premiership for the first time since their forced relegation 5 years ago, the Old Firm side are looking to increase creativity and goalscoring.
Dowell spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest in the Championship, scoring 9 goals in 38 games, while also getting 4 assists.
There were high hopes at Finch Farm that Dowell could become the next player off Everton's impressive Academy production line, with Blues supporters remaining hopeful he could finally make the breakthrough into the first team in the 2018-19 season.
He underlined his potential value, slotting in the winning goal for England U21s at the Toulon Tournament, their third trophy win in succession.
Dowell featured in all but one of Everton's pre-season games under the watchful eye of new manager, Marco Silva; he did not join the cadre of 14 players sent out on loan, and looked like he might be given a chance in the first team.
But that would come only in League Cup games where he failed to impress, getting hauled off at half-time in the Third Round tie against Southampton after The Saints had gotten their go-ahead goal just before the break.
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1 Posted 05/12/2018 at 13:53:26
If Dowell has a future with us, send him somewhere more competitive than the Snowflakes League. I'd rather see him playing with a really good Championship side than one where a top-two place is an automatic shoo-in.
2 Posted 05/12/2018 at 14:17:07
Just rumour mill gossip, so who knows if it's true?
But a move to a mega-club like Rangers, playing in front of 30-40k baying and demanding supporters, would be a good one for Kieran IMO.
Gerrard is obviously a driven and demanding manager and whatever you may think of him, you cannot deny his qualities as a player. He'd certainly be a manager Dowell could learn from, not least of to instil some nark into him.
3 Posted 05/12/2018 at 14:19:17
Gerrard is irrelevant imo.
4 Posted 05/12/2018 at 14:22:08
He has undoubtedly got talent and can score goals, but, and there's always a but, he tends to fade too often in games. I remember when he first went to Forest, he scored many goals and the fans were all calling for him to be signed permanently.
The turn of the year saw a different manager at Forest, therefore a different style of play, and Kieran went from hero to zero in a short space of time.
I put it down to the different management style, and watched him again in our pre-season, thinking he will show us he is ready for first-team duty, but alas he has failed to grab the opportunity, and when given the chance has failed to impress.
Maybe another loan spell is required, but I am not so sure that he has the self-motivation to be a consistent performer.
5 Posted 05/12/2018 at 15:07:41
He looks miles too lightweight, too much of a passenger, and I don't really see him being Premier League standard anytime soon – at least not for a top 7 club.
6 Posted 05/12/2018 at 16:27:53
Under one of the Premier League greats in gerrard (it's the ugly truth), who has a player had much of what we generally thnik is lacking in Dowell's game - aggression, intensity, work-rate.
The lad needs first team football, would be a good move in my eyes.
7 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:00:48
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9 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:42:39
I'm with the above who think this can only help the kid. You can't just deal with nice people.
10 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:51:46
I think the Forest loan was bad because Warburton indulged Dowell. He let him play to his strengths without asking him to improve his all-around game. Karanka came in and just wanted workhorses so Dowell was immediately dropped.
I think at Rangers he would play at a good level to showcase his skills but he would have to toughen up which is what he needs.
11 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:57:58
So I would not worry too much about players playing in Scotland, it will do Dowell a world of good there rather than in the Championship or abroad.
12 Posted 05/12/2018 at 18:23:28
More recently there is also Robertson the Liverpool left back.
13 Posted 05/12/2018 at 19:10:39
14 Posted 05/12/2018 at 21:14:40
I have defended Scottish football on this site for many years. Ask the admirable Neil Lennon what it is like. Balls of steel are required. Lennon has them. Dowell will get them there.
15 Posted 05/12/2018 at 22:38:28
16 Posted 05/12/2018 at 22:45:27
We are lacking quality in the final third so the door is still open for him in my opinion.
17 Posted 06/12/2018 at 04:01:59
18 Posted 06/12/2018 at 13:14:26
Now the likes of Holgate, Dowell, Davies and even Calvert-Lewin would all benefit from a loan if they can't be playing here every week. Moshiri said we have to keep room for youngsters so we don't inhibit their potential but it's becoming clear we need a goalscorer, and now.
19 Posted 06/12/2018 at 14:42:39
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21 Posted 06/12/2018 at 20:21:19
Okay, there may be a bit of "Toughening up" to be had from a spell up there. However, you can't necessarily make a sow's ear from a silk purse. Gerrard, like a smallish number of others, had a particularly strong "Engine". Dowell is not made that way and likely never will be.
Loans have to be selected and used to develop what is possible, what likely resides within that player as genuine potential. If that's then good enough for a role within a Premier League team then great.
A loan in this vein might help with the character as far as it goes being more composed under pressure etc. and will help maintain fitness. It won't turn Dowell into a silky-skilled version of Billy Bremner.
22 Posted 06/12/2018 at 20:58:13
Obviously Scottish football is not the league it was years ago, the league which produced dozens and dozens of really top class players who played in First Division, Champion and FA Cup winning teams but it is still a hard league to play and learn in. It could be the making of Dowell; doubt it will do him any harm.
23 Posted 07/12/2018 at 11:49:47
24 Posted 07/12/2018 at 15:46:24
25 Posted 07/12/2018 at 21:00:08
Many a player who ventured north of the border with the presumption that they could rule the roost there has fallen flat on their face, as they failed to understand how the Scottish game works. Recently, there was a high profile (head)case in Joey Barton, who soon realised he couldn't control the game in the way he assumed he would.
It would certainly be a good move for Dowell, and would be a very different proposition to playing for Forest.
26 Posted 08/12/2018 at 09:28:45
Tom needs to be playing to develop his game and with Gomes there, injuries permitting, he won't be getting a sniff anytime soon, and I can't think of a better mentor/coach than Slipper of Mordor.
27 Posted 19/12/2018 at 19:52:04
He's got talent but is a little light weight so I'd like to see him learn how to deal with the physical side of the game and the Scottish league would provide a great test of physical and mental strength.
He played well for Forest last season but like most young players was inconsistent and found himself being rotated. He now needs more games even if its at a lower level.
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