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Everton fans would love to see Kieran Dowell get a chance next season

The 20-year-old has had a good season on loan at Nottingham Forest and deserves a shot at Everton.

Mathew Nash

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For a while, it seemed as though Everton could find themselves struggling to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season. The Toffees were struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table and it cost Ronald Koeman his job.

Despite this, in recent weeks Everton fans have been left frustrated with the performances of their team under new boss Sam Allardyce. Several players are indeed under-performing. Two players that definitely relates to are Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott.

The Everton wide options have not impressed in recent fixtures. Neither looks up to scratch at the moment if Everton are going to improve on their season in 2018-19.

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For many fans, it would be better to see one of their youth academy players getting a chance next season, ahead of the duo. The player in question is Kieran Dowell.

The 20-year-old has long been regarded as one of Everton’s hottest prospects. He made his debut for the club in 2014 as a 17-year-old in the Europa League. In the final two games of 2015-16, with David Unsworth as caretaker, he played against Bournemouth and Norwich City. Last season, he helped Everton win the Premier League 2 title and won the Under-20 World Cup with England last summer.

But Koeman was never going to give him a chance and Dowell was loaned to Nottingham Forest. The youngster had an excellent start to the season at the City Ground. He scored 10 goals for the club before the end of January. But, a busy season has burnt the youngster out and under new boss Aitor Karanka, he has become a far less used asset.

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That is completely understandable. Asking a teenager to play a 46-game season is tough but Dowell proved in his early fixtures he has the talent to make it in the game.

Everton should not send him out again next season. Instead, the 20-year-old should be given chances off the bench and from the start in the Premier League. Based on recent evidence, he could do no worse than some of the players in attacking positions for Everton at present.

Fans would love to see another academy graduate make it into the first-team, just like Tom Davies last season and Jonjoe Kenny this.

But with Sam Allardyce in charge and Everton likely to spend again this summer, Dowell might have to settle for another loan spell away.

Tottenham Hotspur

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

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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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.

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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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