Kieran Dowell is one of Everton’s talented crop of youngsters that are ready to make the next step in football. Dowell showed at the end of last season that he can mix it with the first team and he is certainly earmarked as a big part of Everton’s future.
The midfielder has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at Goodison Park and is already looking for more first team opportunities.
He regularly impresses for David Unsworth’s under 21 squad, having a hand in both assisting and scoring. He has also scored some fine goals, including chipping a goalkeeper from just inside the halfway line.
Dowell is a creative player who can seemingly play anywhere behind the striker. Against Norwich City, he started out wide but occasionally drifted into the centre of midfield to link up with Tom Davies, another part of Everton’s exciting future.
The youngster, 18, is has been tipped to be a part of Ronald Koeman’s first team squad for next season’s Premier League campaign but there also rumours that he may get much more regular playing time out on loan in the lower divisions.
Speaking to EvertonTV, Dowell said he is “delighted” to sign a new contract and it is a “huge day” for him.
Dowell thankful for Unsworth
David Unsworth has helped shape some of the Blues newest talents and Dowell was quick to thank him for his help. The former Everton defender gave Dowell his full Premier League debut when he took charge of the first team, following Roberto Martinez’s departure.
Dowell said he “can’t thank him (Unsworth) enough” for his Premier League opportunity. He also said that he is “really grateful” for everything the youth staff have done for him and hopes to kick on now after signing his new contract.
The sort of player Everton need going forward
Dowell is definitely the sort of creative talent Everton need. While possessing similar attributes to fellow blues Ross Barkley, Dowell can also do the hard work required in midfield.
The pair can play alongside each other in the near future, with many more midfield talents to come from the Everton academy.
The youngster said that the new contract is “just the beginning” and he is hoping to kick on further.