He’s quite a talent, isn’t he? Kieran Dowell has impressed during his loan at Sheffield United, where he will continue to play his football until the end of the season.
Dowell, who is valued at £2.7 million (by Transfermarkt), is very elegant in the way he receives and strikes the ball, whether that be followed by a with through ball or a shot from distance, both are very useful. He has been able to display this grace at Bramall Lane in the second half of this campaign and has done so rather effectively.
The 21-year-old had played just twice for Everton in the first half of the campaign, both starts in the EFL Cup, so, at his age, a loan move to play highly competitive first-team football in a promotion chasing side has benefitted him hugely.
This campaign follows on from his remarkable spell at Nottingham Forest last season, where he netted 10 goals and provided five assists across the campaign. After impressing in the Championship, again, that does pose the question as to what is next for Dowell?
Well, as displayed in the England under-21 games, Dowell’s versatility will do him big favours in terms of selection. Despite spending most of the season as a number 10, his natural position, he sat deeper in a holding midfield role over the international break, allowing the likes of James Maddison and Phil Foden to push on.
Practising in such a role could do him big favours for when he returns to his parent club. As Gylfi Sigurdsson will have the attacking midfield berth nailed down for the coming years in Marco Silva’s system, Dowell could fit into a deeper midfield role alongside Idrissa Gueye, as Andre Gomes does now, but that would depend on whether the Portuguese midfielder’s deal is made permanent.
If Gomes’ move takes priority, Dowell should look to push for a Premier League loan in order to really test himself in that division, possibly even return to the Blades if they do go up.
But, if he does want something more permanent, having been on two loans in the last two seasons, Everton could move Dowell on elsewhere on a permanent deal with a buy-back clause. That would allow the Toffees to assess his development in a consistent setting and potentially bring him back to Goodison Park in the future.
For now, though, his focus will be trying to ensure Premier League football next year for United.
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