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Everton should be excited about Kieran Dowell’s development

The 20-year-old has impressed this season on-loan at Nottingham Forest.

Jake Jackman

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Everton have one of the best youth academies in English football, which has produced talent such as Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley, Mason Holgate, Jack Rodwell, Shane Duffy and Tom Davies to name only a few.

They are a club that is willing to place faith in the young players coming through at their club and they deserve a lot of credit for that as similar opportunities aren’t always available at other Premier League clubs.

The next player to make a name for himself could be Kieran Dowell, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest. He has already made two appearances for the Everton first-team, but it was thought his development would be better served elsewhere.

Although the Championship side aren’t having the best of seasons, the midfielder has stood out and been an influential figure for them.

Dowell has been used in a variety of roles within the Forest line-up, which shows his versatility at a young age. He has mainly been used as an attacking midfielder centrally, but he is able to play on the left and right if required.

The 20-year-old has good vision and is able to pick a pass in the final third, while he thrives when operating in tight spaces. That was shown best in his recent performance for England Under-21s as he twice played backheel passes to get a team-mate in on goal.

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His record for Nottingham Forest has been impressive this season considering the team have been struggling at the wrong end of the table. The Everton loanee has contributed nine goals and four assists. He currently ranks as the club’s top scorer in the league.

Dowell’s underlying stats are also very good, as he averages 2.35 attempted shots and 2.05 chances created per ninety minutes. The attacking midfielder carries a goal threat and has creativity, which makes him a decent option to have in a squad.

There are weaknesses in his game as one would expect from a 20-year-old, but this season has been a positive one in his development and he looks to be ready for a shot at the Premier League.

Everton are well stocked in the attacking midfield positions and the worries about Dowell’s physicality could prevent him from playing for the Toffees’ next season.

Recently, he was asked about the possibility of returning to Forest for another season and his response suggested that his future was far from clear. The Liverpool Echo reported the following quotes:

“I’ll see what happens in the summer. Obviously, if I’m in Everton’s plans then I’d love it, but if not I wouldn’t rule it out.”

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The uncertainty over the future direction of Everton means it is difficult to predict what next season holds for Dowell.

He wouldn’t be a great fit for a Sam Allardyce team due to his lack of defensive contribution and lack of physicality. However, a different manager may see his talent and want to find a way to fit him into the first-team squad.

His versatility is an advantage for him here as he can play a number of positions in midfield. That coupled with his homegrown status may see him return to Goodison Park next season and continue his development there.

Regardless of whether Dowell will play for Everton in the next 12-months of not, it is clear that the club have another talented academy graduate in their ranks and that is a positive for them.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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