Report: Everton’s ‘great young talent’ set for medical with third-placed side, terms agreed
According to TEAMtalk, free agent Josh Bowler is set to have a medical at Blackpool after being released by Everton.
The Toffees announced that Bowler will be leaving at the end of the month last Friday, four years after joining. He is one of six Under 23s prospects that the club chose against offering a new contract to.
Blackpool have now made their move to sign Bowler after securing promotion to the Championship as League One play-off winners. The Seasiders ended the regular season third in the standings, seven points adrift of title-winners Hull and runners-up Peterborough.
Bowler is due to undergo a medical at Bloomfield Road imminently after agreeing on personal terms, despite interest from Derby County. Hull Live cited the Rams as a suitor for the 22-year-old, who was expected to attract vast second-tier admirers.
The winger moved to Everton from Queens Park Rangers in 2017 for an initial £1.5million, which could have reached £4.25m through add-ons. He now leaves having failed to play a single senior game at Goodison Park after 41 outings in their academy fold.
Bowler scored six times and offered three assists in David Unsworth’s U23s. He also netted once and created one goal during a loan spell with Hull in 2019/20. But fitness issues interrupted his KCOM spell, while a hip problem required surgery last season.
TBR’s view: Everton will have Bowler regrets
Everton will have had high expectations for Bowler when they agreed a deal that could have reached £4.25m with QPR. He was a highly-regarded youth talent and considered to be among the best around at the time.
Unfortunately, Everton rarely saw that potential develop and he failed to make the step up to senior football at Goodison Park. The Toffees needed Bowler to bridge the gap from U23s to the first-team last season if they were to offer him a new contract.
Now, they will have regrets over how his career has played out over the past four seasons. But it is unlikely that the Toffees will regret his actual exit anytime soon. Even though Unsworth called Bowler a ‘great young talent’ in April, via the Liverpool Echo.