Post by Everton News. on Jul 11, 2019 22:34:48 GMT
Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell has completed a season-long loan move to Championship club Derby County.
Dowell, who represented England at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship in Italy, helped Sheffield United win promotion to the Premier League during a temporary stay at Bramall Lane last season after joining in December.
The 21-year-old featured in 16 Championship matches for the Blades, adding to the 38 appearances he made in the division on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2017/18.
Dowell joined Everton aged seven and made his senior debut two months after his 17th birthday in a Europa League match against FC Krasnodar in December 2014.
He played in Everton’s EFL Cup ties with Rotherham United and Southampton last term.
Dowell will link up with a Derby team managed by Phillip Cocu, the former Barcelona and Holland player who guided PSV Eindhoven to three Dutch titles.
Cocu, who formed a productive alliance with Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands at PSV, took charge at Derby earlier this month, replacing Frank Lampard, who led the Rams to last season’s Championship play-off final before leaving for Chelsea.
Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell left Goodison Park to much fanfare by the club he'd be joining on loan but the Toffees loanee's stint has not gone according to plan so far.
The 21-year-old has come under criticism on a number of occasions from both Derby County fans - as per this reaction piece - and Rams boss Phillip Cocu, who made it clear that "he can do better and he has to do better... we can expect more from him" (Derby Telegraph). To date, Dowell has made just six appearances for Derby, all of them in August, and since then he's had to make do with a place on the bench for the most part, while not even making the squad for the League Cup loss to rivals Nottingham Forest (Transfermarkt).
On Monday, the Everton academy graduate found himself playing for the Derby Under-23s in their Premier League Cup clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s, a far cry from the start-of-season expectations that he would have a big impact for the Rams first team.