Kieran Dowell has agreed to extend his loan at Wigan Athletic until the end of the 2019-20 season to see out games in the restarted Championship campaign.
Midfielder Dowell joined Wigan on loan in January, his fourth spell with different Football League clubs in the last 3 years, but suffered a serious ankle injury shortly after his arrival, and was restricted to just 4 appearances before the coronavirus pandemic halted professional football in England.
The 22-year-old returned to full fitness during the lockdown and was a starter for Paul Cook as Wigan resumed their campaign with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Dowell still has another year to run on his current contract with Everton.
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1 Posted 25/06/2020 at 22:30:52
2 Posted 25/06/2020 at 23:36:59
Once again an injury during the important maturity period of his footballing education, missing out on the chance to play weekly football at a good standard where he would have learnt a lot.
Positives are passing, crossing, vision, touch and control.
Sadly he's a little slow and not strong enough on the ball. His work rate and desire to win the ball needs to improve.
A Gomes type player, looks good when the team are playing well and given time on the ball but average when we need to be organised and get stuck in.
I'm a fan but would need a team to play to his style. I'd keep him as understudy to Gomes.
3 Posted 26/06/2020 at 00:42:47
Time for him to get stuck in for 97 minutes or drift on but not at Everton.
Great opportunity waisted in my view and I believe in my view not helped by the coaching system and the coaching managers.
How many players do we yield?
Rooney, Osman and Hibbert, that's my rough summary of players who made a mark through the ranks since 1998, not including Anthony Gordon... too early to judge.
4 Posted 26/06/2020 at 01:25:13
Ross Barkley (2013-2016), 22 Caps
Leon Osman (2012-2013), 2 Caps
Jack Rodwell (2011), 2 Caps
Wayne Rooney (2003-2004), 17 Caps
Michael Ball (2001), 1 Cap
Francis Jeffers, capped after having left for Arsenal.
There's also Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka who were in our academy, released, re-signed and then played for England.
5 Posted 26/06/2020 at 01:35:02
6 Posted 26/06/2020 at 03:36:53
That's six players. in 22 years. That's not exactly a great return.
Regarding Dowell, I remember when he was about 15, Tim Cahill saying he was the best player he'd seen. Granted, Cahill also said Jermaine Beckford was Everton number 9 material — according to David Moyes.
But maybe Dowell is like that kid Sonny Pike who was on Blue Peter as a teen in the 90s and heralded as our Pre Freddy Adu, Freddy Adu when joined Ajax. Sonny developed into a big old fat pot head forner footballer before he was old enough to drink.
7 Posted 26/06/2020 at 16:10:06
8 Posted 27/06/2020 at 10:32:26
But my personal view is that the academy should be the bedrock of the club yielding premier quality players each season. And never again pad out the squad with shite like Martina, Niasse etc. If we're going to have shit players, I'd rather they came through the youth system.
9 Posted 27/06/2020 at 11:25:05
10 Posted 27/06/2020 at 20:39:59
Unlike some of the "grads", though, he appeared worth the risk when we gave him that 3-year contract.
For whatever reason, which only Kieran knows, it's not worked out for him.
11 Posted 29/06/2020 at 07:44:17
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