The England U21 international had been expected to return to Sheffield United in 2019-20 where he spent last season on loan but the Derby stepped into the mix this past week.
New Derby boss, Philip Cocu, was looking to hijack an approach by Huddersfield by signing Dowell on loan and Dowell duly travelled to the USA to link up with the Rams' squad and undergo a medical yesterday.
Virginia, picked up by Everton from Arsenal's Under-23s side last year, was tipped at one stage recently to be Jordan Pickford's understudy in the Blues' first-team this coming season, but makes a temporary switch to Reading, meanwhile.
Everton's acquisition of Jonas Lössl on a free transfer this summer was indication, however, that Marco Silva feels he needs more experience which he will now get with a temporary switch to the Royals.
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1 Posted 11/07/2019 at 22:25:19
Virginia is a different story. He will probably be on loan for another year or two before challenging Pickford. He's the right size and looks to have a big future. As do Everton.
2 Posted 11/07/2019 at 22:27:40
Go get 'em. It's all out there for ya.
3 Posted 11/07/2019 at 22:28:03
4 Posted 11/07/2019 at 00:00:31
Don't agree with Virginia. He should be our third choice and within our first team.
5 Posted 12/07/2019 at 01:19:38
6 Posted 12/07/2019 at 02:22:59
With the Cocu-Brands connection we will be kept well-abreast of his form. This has to be his make or break season to convince he has any sort of future with Everton, or be cut loose.
If Virginia is going to get game time at Reading, I'm more than happy for him and his development. If he has gone as just back up, then I wonder at the validity of the loan.
7 Posted 12/07/2019 at 02:27:44
I see your point, but presumably Cocu has promised his buddy Brands that the kid will get starter's minutes at Derby, and that may be more valuable to his development than being a second-stringer in the Prem.
Jay #6, Reading currently has no incumbent starting keeper. Their only holdover from last season is a third-stringer from the lower leagues who played only 7 games.
8 Posted 12/07/2019 at 07:33:04
I would like to have seen Dowell in the Premier league back with Sheff Utd. Good manager and set up. It would have been a different and tougher challenge for him.
Maybe he's not ready, maybe Cocu has the better development of technically gifted midfielders, maybe its about game time but good luck to them.
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13 Posted 12/07/2019 at 18:24:18
Mate is from Florida, so he saw this on their local rag.
14 Posted 12/07/2019 at 18:34:38
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