Another loan likely for Josh Bowler

Thursday, 6 August, 2020 6comments  |  Jump to last
Josh Bowler is not a name that gets mentioned often in future team line-ups that draw on Everton's bloated cadre of playing resources. He came to the club from Queens Park Rangers 3 years ago and effectively disappeared from view in the Under-23s before going out on loan at Hull City last season.

Everton signed Bowler from QPR back in July 2017 for an initial fee of around £1.5M in a deal presumably sanctioned by Ronald Koeman. If he ever makes progresses with Everton, that could increase to as much as £4.25M but so far, he has only played Under-23s football before last season's loan in the Championship.

Bowler made 31 appearances across all competitions for Hull, scoring just one goal and providing one assist amongst his notable efforts as they endured a fateful campaign that saw the club finish bottom and get relegated to League One after a dreadful run of form.

It's hard to picture him breaking into Carlo Ancelotti's set-up after a struggling campaign in the Championship, so it really could be his last chance to make a claim for future recognition at the club. He has just 12 months remaining on his current deal, and he is probably filed alongside Luke Garbutt in the Italian man's memory.

The Echo has reported that Josh Bowler wants another loan move away from Goodison Park next season. The 21-year-old see little hope of being included in Everton's senior squad, where he has never even been considered since joining the club in 2017 and for another chance next season to try impress out on loan.

It is understood that he wants the opportunity to return to a club in the Championship for the upcoming campaign.


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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 06/08/2020 at 14:30:01
Great work from Unsie!
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
2 Posted 06/08/2020 at 15:14:48
Bowler was in the Hull team all the way through to game 28 at which point he had a serious injury. He started 8 matches in the league and was brought on in another 14.

At the time of his injury, Hull were 12th and looking safe. They sold Bowen to West Ham thinking the money would be good, we are not going to be promoted, we are not going to get relegated. Problem was in the last 18 games they only picked up 6 points and finished 4 points from safety.

Probably correct that he is not good enough for a career in the Premier League, but perhaps unfair to label him alongside Garbutt. At least he should not have a 5-year contract on offer this time next year in the hope that paying him £5m over the next 5 years will allow us to sell him for £750k at some point.

Darren Hind
3 Posted 06/08/2020 at 16:07:48
That injury could hardly have come at a worse time for the player, or for Hull. Hopefully he can still get himself fixed up with another decent club.

Amusing to see the Finch Farm Fact Finders have been wearing their balaclavas back to front again.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
4 Posted 06/08/2020 at 16:34:50
Darren – we should never let truth get in the way of a good story or stop our prejudices being fuelled.
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 06/08/2020 at 16:39:59
You've got to take punts on players like this. 10 may turn out like Bowler but one may turn out like Calvert-Lewin. If he'd not had that injury and managed to keep Hull up, there's a good chance they'd have bought him off us for a few million.
Robert Tressell
6 Posted 06/08/2020 at 16:52:57
Sam, you're right – but our hit rate is more like 1 in 3 or 4 seeming to make grade from lower league recruitment. It's probably the one thing we're particularly good at. Not quite men are Foulds, Garbutt, Sambou, Hornby with Bowler and Adeniran probably too. Over the same-ish period Stones, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate and Branthwaite. What's not to like.

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