In the summer of 2017 one Everton transfer may have gone under the radar. Josh Bowler was brought into the club from Championship side QPR.
As reported by Sky Sports, Everton paid the West London side £4.25 million for the talented winger, who signed a deal at the club until 2020.
He had previously played just 20 minutes of first-team football for QPR, so his signing did come as something of a surprise.
Will he now regret that move?
Last summer, a brief exchange between Bowler and QPR chairman Tony Fernandes capped what had been a topsy-turvy first season at Everton for Bowler.
Fernandes was clearly suggesting that Bowler should have remained at QPR whilst the player insisted he had made the right career move.
Don’t overhype players and destroy careers. We have seen that before in @qpr and other clubs. Agents destroy so many careers. Who remembers josh bowler. Its all about patience and development. #shouldhavestayed .
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) July 28, 2018
Great club, but have made the right decision. My time will come tony.
— Josh Bowler (@JoshBowler10) July 28, 2018
It came after a first season at Finch Farm where the attacker failed to register a goal or assist for the under-23s. This season has been more productive, with two goals and an assist for the player in 11 games so far.
However, QPR are now looking a much-improved outfit under Steve McClaren and youngsters are getting a chance at Loftus Road.
Darnell Furlong, Eberechi Eze and Aramide Oteh have all been in the first-team this season whilst the likes of Faysal Bettache and Charlie Owens also got their chance.
Bowler might be in the QPR first-team by now if he had not made the move to Everton in 2017. Perhaps the 19-year-old will be wondering if he made the right choice.