The England U21 international had been expected to return to Sheffield United in 2019-20 where he spent last season on loan but the Terriers stepped into the mix last week with an apparent approach.
MailSport reported that new Derby boss, Philip Cocu, was looking to hijack Huddersfield's deal by signing Dowell on loan and Sky Sports followed that by reporting that Dowell had travelled to the USA link up with the Rams' squad and undergo a medical.
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1 Posted 10/07/2019 at 18:21:40
2 Posted 10/07/2019 at 18:21:56
Loan him out only. Sheff Utd would surely take him for another season.
3 Posted 10/07/2019 at 18:34:10
4 Posted 10/07/2019 at 19:12:36
We have Gomes - Gueye - Sigurdsson as our 1st choice midfield.
In back up we have Davies
Deadwood we have McCarthey, Besic, Schneiderlin,
Youngsters who could offer something we have Williams, Dowell, Baningime, Markelo. Ideally, we'll promote at least 2 and sign one.
5 Posted 10/07/2019 at 19:24:54
Has Brands given Cocu a heads-up about Kieran, either to generate money or because he still sees PL potential - for Everton - in the lad?
6 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:02:39
Potential, how many times have we heard that over the years? I think this has got to be his final year in that saloon! I seriously hope that Kieran's penny drops and he realises that it is make or break time, the lad has so much talent, but can he produce it consistently over 90 minutes?
7 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:14:27
We currently struggle to break down teams who park the bus, Gomes, Sigurdsson and Gueye do not seem to have it in them to unpick a stubborn defence, while our wingers are nullified by teams sitting deep.
In Dowell we have a creative option from deep that we could utilise against these teams. I doubt hell be up to the way we play against the top teams or against teams that come at us, but he could be worth his weight in gold against teams who sit back. I reckon for about 10-15 games a season he could be a very important player.
8 Posted 10/07/2019 at 20:34:05
The lad has a touch of class and needs his 'breakthrough' season. Only by being a regular starter for his loan club will allow that to happen.
9 Posted 10/07/2019 at 21:16:35
10 Posted 10/07/2019 at 21:35:01
11 Posted 10/07/2019 at 23:47:44
Justin(2), why do you reckon we'll cash in on Gomes in a season's time?
12 Posted 11/07/2019 at 03:32:47
13 Posted 11/07/2019 at 04:43:27
when we were linked with James Maddison last summer I can't believe some TW'ers thought Dowell was at the same level.
14 Posted 11/07/2019 at 08:56:13
15 Posted 11/07/2019 at 10:02:12
16 Posted 11/07/2019 at 10:45:13
Maddison and Dowell were not too dissimilar in the Championship 2 years ago.
17 Posted 11/07/2019 at 10:46:22
18 Posted 11/07/2019 at 10:57:17
Marcel Brands believes in continuity. When he left AZ Alkmaar to go to PSV, he arranged his successor. Toon Gerbrands had been the national Volleyball coach, what did he know about football, the critics asked.
Toon did a great job at AZ (my local club over here, btw), especially when the owner went bust (DSB - dodgy bank). Toon sorted out the mess pretty well. No debts, and AZ finished 4th again last season, behind the big three (Ajax, PSV & Feyenoord). Toon is also Marcel's successor at PSV now.
I don't know if most people know this, but M&M's offices at Finch Farm are no more than 2 steps away from each other. Across the corridor.
Everton's chief continental scout is Gretar Steinsson, who was a player at AZ, when Marcel was there.
I have no doubt that Kieran will be safe hands. But he does have to deliver.
19 Posted 11/07/2019 at 10:58:31
Will be interesting to see if he steps it up this season for Leicester who have potentially one of the best midfields in the league now in Maddison, Tielemans and Ndidi who are all in their early 20's. Quite jealous!
20 Posted 11/07/2019 at 11:13:13
21 Posted 11/07/2019 at 17:01:55
22 Posted 11/07/2019 at 19:33:28
It's disappointing because we really could have done with seeing him on loan there for a season in the top flight to see if he could handle it. Quite what we glean from another year in the Championship, I'm not sure... but hey ho.
23 Posted 11/07/2019 at 19:50:47
I would like to see him stay and be back up to Gomes and Siggy. But if he does go, better to be a club where he will play and in a style that suits him. Cocu, whom Brands probably has the contact and thus a line to ensure he plays in a certain position and such.
24 Posted 11/07/2019 at 20:11:37
It would show us if he can cope in the Premier League.
Playing in a shit Southampton team never stopped Matt Le Tissier prospering as a footballer did it?
Many a good player has played in relegation outfits over the years, hell look at Wayne Rooney in his first stint for us!!!
We won't learn anything from Dowell spending another year in the Championship that we don't already know.
25 Posted 11/07/2019 at 20:24:40
26 Posted 11/07/2019 at 20:29:04
But who knows... I doubt he'll really prosper here at Everton anyway but whatever path he takes, good luck to him!
27 Posted 11/07/2019 at 21:40:00
He must surely have learnt some tough lessons about football and life the last couple of seasons.
Now if he believes and wants to he can kick on. Mental strength and guts needed to take him on this next challenge and to succeed.
28 Posted 11/07/2019 at 21:47:47
Nobody is saying Dowell is that good. But he has real natural talent, and by the looks of it is finding his best position.
In his last 2 years, he has been played as an Attacking mid (no10), a left winger, a left wing-back, and now a deep-lying creative mid. I feel he could thrive in this position, where his vision and range can thrive. Think Pirlo, who also spent many years on loan at other clubs before going to AC Milan at 22. At the start, he was an attacking mid/forward, very highly rated, but never quite 'found himself', and Ancelotti transformed him into a deep-lying playmaker. The rest is history, and he was one of the best players of his generation. I don't expect Dowell to be like that, but I feel that his future role would be similar.
So playing for a team that will have little possession in the PL, and likely be shifted from one position to another (like he was last year), will do him no good, and prove nothing. Dowell needs to find his position, and show what he can do there. A possession based manager like Cocu would be more beneficial.
29 Posted 11/07/2019 at 21:48:21
30 Posted 12/07/2019 at 08:12:52
Koeman had two good seasons at Southampton then came to Everton with a massively inflated ego and was only ever trying to use us as a stepping stone to Barcelona.
31 Posted 12/07/2019 at 12:50:25
I always preferred brother Erwin, much more down to earth. Unfortunately Erwin couldn't 'steer' brother Ronald enough. Cocu is more like Erwin: quiet and unassuming.
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