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Rangers considering Dowell on loan

| Wednesday, 05 December 2018 27comments  |  Jump to last
The Mirror is claiming that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is considering a loan move for Everton's England Under-21 midfielder Kieran Dowell.

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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Trevor Powell
1 Posted 05/12/2018 at 13:53:26
Besides not wanting any Evertonian to be tainted by this dubious red scumbag, Stevie G, why should we believe a loan to a sub-standard joke league that's a joke and makes clueless managers (ex-Liverpool especially like Brenda) seem worth more than they really are!

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.
Jay Wood

2 Posted 05/12/2018 at 14:17:07
Can't agree with you Trevor.

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.

Simon Smith
3 Posted 05/12/2018 at 14:19:17
I think a move to Rangers will be good for Dowell, they will be pushing at the top of the table (as we want to be next season); he will be in an attacking side, and he will gain confidence playing as a key man at Rangers.

Gerrard is irrelevant imo.

Derek Knox
4 Posted 05/12/2018 at 14:22:08
I have always had a liking for Kieran Dowell, and watched his progress with interest; however, he leaves me with a degree of ambivalence.

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.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 05/12/2018 at 15:07:41
Send him abroad for two years and see what that does for him.

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.

Fran Mitchell
6 Posted 05/12/2018 at 16:27:53
He would be playing under the massive pressure to bring Rangers their first title in years, that'd be a hell of an experience for the lad. A those lamenting the quity of the Scottish League, I guess are the same that said "van Dijk? Looks good in the scottish league, but so would me gran".

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.

Simon Smith
7 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:00:48
Jim, I agree the lad looks lightweight, almost flimsy, going to Rangers at a young age didn't do Arteta or Gatuso any harm in their careers as top midfielders.
James Stewart
8 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:13:59
Not good enough for our first team, he simply needs to play regular football now. A move would do him good.
Liam Reilly
9 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:42:39
Rangers look to be competitive this year and Gerrard has them playing well.

I'm with the above who think this can only help the kid. You can't just deal with nice people.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:51:46
Perfect. Dowell's weaknesses are work rate, physicality. What is Scottish football know for? Workrate and physicality. It could toughen him up. Plus Gerrard could be a good mentor in the sense that he knows what it is like to be a local lad coming up through the ranks of a Merseyside club.

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.

Brian Wilkinson
11 Posted 05/12/2018 at 17:57:58
Fran @6, You could also add the Golden Vision, Graeme Sharp, Duncan Ferguson, Gordon Strachan and dare I say Dalglish, John Robertson list is endless with players that have made a success moving from Scotland to the English league.

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.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 05/12/2018 at 18:23:28

More recently there is also Robertson the Liverpool left back.

Colin Glassar
13 Posted 05/12/2018 at 19:10:39
I’d rather he went to a European club where they play proper footy not like the clog hopper league.
Andy Crooks
14 Posted 05/12/2018 at 21:14:40
Exactly, Jay. Gerrard has transformed Rangers. They are a big club with big crowds and there is an intensity in that league that can be toxic. What an experience for a young player.

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.

Gerry Ring
15 Posted 05/12/2018 at 22:38:28
A good player; send him to the Championship & keep him away from slippy & the Huns!
Rob Dolby
16 Posted 05/12/2018 at 22:45:27
This would be a good move, no hiding up there. It would toughen him up and hopefully bring him back ready to fight for a place.

We are lacking quality in the final third so the door is still open for him in my opinion.

Alan J Thompson
17 Posted 06/12/2018 at 04:01:59
It appears unlikely that he will get a game this season at Everton unless it is against Lincoln. So a half season at a club like Rangers in a physical league under Gerrard might just make him more aware of the side of his game most people think is missing.
David Pearl
18 Posted 06/12/2018 at 13:14:26
Let's face it, we have a number of younger players that desperately need game time. They can't improve if they are not playing. Of course, some loans don't work out, such as Browning, Garbutt and Galloway — I had high hopes for all of them at one stage.

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.

Shane Corcoran
19 Posted 06/12/2018 at 14:42:39
I assume Trevor's just having a laugh? He is... right?
Paul Tran
20 Posted 06/12/2018 at 19:14:50
I think it would be a good move. You can knock Scottish football all you like, I'd like to see one of our younger players test himself against the pressure to perform, week-in & week-out, in front of 50,000 impatient fans, desperate to win silverware. Not to mention the toughening-up process from playing in a more physical league.
Will Mabon
21 Posted 06/12/2018 at 20:21:19
Aggression, intensity, work rate.

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.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 06/12/2018 at 20:58:13
If there is any truth in this, then it will do Keiran good to go there, it will definitely toughen him mentally. As Will Mahon(21) says doubt it will toughen him up physically, the lad isn't that sort of player.

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.

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 07/12/2018 at 11:49:47
The lad has lost 6 months this year of not playing. His development will suffer further if not playing, week-in & and week-out. If Gerrard is gonna play him every week, then it looks a good move to me.
Martin Berry
24 Posted 07/12/2018 at 15:46:24
It would be a great move for the player and for Rangers, I think he could do well there and needs to go out on loan.
Darren Alexander
25 Posted 07/12/2018 at 21:00:08
I think this would be a good move – he may not play every week, but he'd certainly get more time on the field than he does right now. For all the "joke league" comments that have been thrown about for, well, as long as I can remember, the speed and physicality of the league have frequently been a shock to numerous players.

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.

David Hallwood
26 Posted 08/12/2018 at 09:28:45
Great idea, in fact I'd go further and send Tom Davies on loan as well. I get Trevor (#1) that Gerrard is one horrible bastard, but he was a horrible best-box-to-box-midfielder-in-the-last-20-years bastard.

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.

Justin Doone
27 Posted 19/12/2018 at 19:52:04
Any club that will offer him regular game time should be considered as that's the most important part of his development. Playing against seasoned professionals.

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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