Dowell signs new three-year deal

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Exciting midfield prospect Kieran Dowell has put pen to paper on a new contract at Everton that commits him to the Blues until 2019.

The 18-year-old has been making waves at U21 level and finally made his deserved breakthrough into the first team at the end of this past season with a full debut against Norwich City.

"Delighted to sign a new contract with this great club!" Dowell tweeted. "Can't wait to see what the next few years has in store."


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Joe O'Brien
1 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:35:11
Great to have you signed up kieran. Looking forward to seeing you pushing for a spot in the 1st team this season. A very talented player
David Milner
2 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:40:08
Good news, now Tom Davies, Ryan Ledson, Liam Walsh, Callum Connolly & Joe Williams.
Dennis Ng
3 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:44:07
Good news indeed. Hope to see more of the lads next season.
Damian Wilde
4 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:44:21
Good news. Good attitude (unlike Rom). Pleased.
Eric Holland
5 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:50:41
Well done Kieran hope you score a shed load of goals like Rom.
Jim Bailey
6 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:50:54
Great news
Well done son.
John Hughes
7 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:52:02
Good on yer Kieran, all the best mate!
Ian Burns
8 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:55:19
Great news - I agree with David - 2 - we need Tom Davies for sure; Connolly and Kenny; Walsh and Williams tied up, along with Ledson and Pennington.
Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 23/06/2016 at 17:56:29
I remember Alan Ball saying he looked forward to the matches they had at training about once a month against the youth team. I'd love to see one between their present day counterparts at Finch Farm.
KD, may you be the first of many.
Steavey Buckley
10 Posted 23/06/2016 at 18:28:04
With 1st players away playing in the Euros, should provide academy players the opportunity to show the manager what they can do, when pre-season begins at the beginning of next month.
Phil Walling
11 Posted 23/06/2016 at 19:06:32
I do so hope Moshi's millions wont prevent the likes of Kiearan getting the chance to establish a place in the first team.

For most of them, the new contract means they are on their way to Brentford or the like and then gradual obscurity.

Currently, only Ross has come right through the system to claim a regular place. Hardly a supply line.

Geoff Risebrow
12 Posted 23/06/2016 at 19:51:27
Great news. All the best for the new season Kieran!
Trevor Lynes
13 Posted 23/06/2016 at 19:54:54
Maybe we can develop a youngster without needing to sell him to a so called bigger club.
Sam Hoare
14 Posted 23/06/2016 at 20:00:06
Will be curious to see what happens to this talented crop of youngsters. The pressure will be on Koeman to get a top 7 place at minimum this season, possibly more if we spend big and he may feel unable to trust many if any of these kids with consistent roles.

I wonder if the likes of Walsh, Davies, Dowell and Ledson will have to prove themselves on loan to the championship before they get a real shot at it? I hope not.

Paul Ellam
15 Posted 23/06/2016 at 20:30:49
Very happy with this news. Hope he gets plenty of chances to show us what he is capable of.
Peter McCann
16 Posted 23/06/2016 at 20:49:28
Made up. This is what the club should be doing – not going after players past their best. Keep a level head on your shoulders, son, and you will be okay.
Jim Hardin
17 Posted 23/06/2016 at 21:23:21
Not sure Koeman is going to give the youngsters a chance, especially with rumors of adding old warhorses to the squad. Hopefullly he will get a shot to prove himself and if he is good enough, then he is the right age to play for the first squad.
Dan Davies
18 Posted 23/06/2016 at 21:28:42
The old warhorses can act as mentors to these youngsters coming through, the truth is for these lads to make it with Everton they have to take their chance when given the opportunity.
Tony Abrahams
19 Posted 23/06/2016 at 21:53:59
Jim 17, the key, as always, is if they are good enough, and if they are, then I'm sure adding players of absolute quality, rather than old warhorses, will only benefit these talented young kids.
Tim O'Connell
20 Posted 23/06/2016 at 21:58:00
Excellent news - is a real prospect that hopefully is ready very soon for the first team!

Tony Dove
21 Posted 23/06/2016 at 22:10:25
We have some great kids and I just hope Koeman will give them a chance, or, in the case of Ross, unlock his unlimited potential. Just because we have some money (I remain to be totally convinced here), we don't have to spend it on new players just because they are older. I think if we go down the quick fix spending route, it will destroy the potential we already have and things will go pear-shaped pretty quickly.

It's obviously about balance and as I think Koeman is a good appointment I am generally optimistic.

Talking about about giving the kids a chance, I was pretty impressed with Duffy's performance against Italy.

Tom Bowers
22 Posted 23/06/2016 at 22:12:02
Very pleased this lad has signed. He has tremendous potential and hopefully we will see more of it this coming season along with a few other youngsters chomping at the bit to get more first team action.
Barry Pearce
23 Posted 23/06/2016 at 22:47:06
I wanted Koeman as manager, but like others have said I really hope he gives our youngsters a fair crack of the whip. I really believe we have some real gems coming through our academy.

So pleased Kieran has signed a new contract he oozes class.

Iain Love
24 Posted 23/06/2016 at 22:58:48
As far as I'm aware, Koeman didn't use any of the reserve players during his tenure at Southampton – his words where "they weren't good enough".

I'm fine with that but when you look at the likes of Kane, who in truth only got a look in because Soldado and Adebayor where awful and Rashford due to injuries to numerous players, it doesn't bode well.

In my amateur career, I got in the 1st team due to injuries to 3 players ahead of me in the pecking order and my game improved tenfold playing with better players alongside me. I think that will still be the case. Young players need a run of games and they don't usually get that.

Anthony Dwyer
25 Posted 24/06/2016 at 00:36:02
I'm all for giving the young lads a fair chance, playing young energetic lads can be huge for any club.

That said, expectations at Everton are huge, look at the flack the likes of Barkley and Stones have received, despite consistently being two of our best players.

A season at a decent Championship club could stand the likes of Dowell in good stead.

5-10 starts and a similar number of games from the bench is something that would benifit a youngster coming though tremendously, but if we cant find them type of numbers, then a loan deal would be the best for all concerned.

Dowell, Kenny, Galloway, Rodriguez, Davies, Walsh, Henen, Browning, Holgate, Connolly etc can't all be thrown in together, so for some, loan deals are a must.

Brewster is one to keep an eye on too: every time he plays he scores, long may it continue.

Dan Davies
26 Posted 24/06/2016 at 00:59:45
Realistically Anthony if 5 of the players you've listed above become Everton first team regulars that's being generous. You haven't mentioned Ledson either.
Peter Laing
27 Posted 24/06/2016 at 10:40:04
Does anyone have any insight into Koeman's previous handling of youth team players? It is clearly evident that the current crop have prospered under the tutelage and guidance of Unsworth and Sheedy.

Man United prospered under their golden generation of youth and there is no reason why Everton should not capitalise on the talent that we evidently have. My big hope is Tom Davies, from what I've seen so far is a young man with bags of potential.

Eugene Ruane
28 Posted 24/06/2016 at 10:52:24
Well done and congratulations to Kieran Dowell.

For him and us, I hope his career is fucking fantastic.

No idea if the lad reads (or is aware of) TW, but if he does, I'd like to point out the following.

During games, I (involuntarily) tend to quietly tut and mutter ('for fuck's sake') when I see bad passes, mis-controlled balls or shots that end up in the doorway of The Supper bar.

However I will never scream abuse at an Everton player unless he decides he can't be arsed and/or that giving it 30% will do just fine.

So give it everything you've got, in every game you play and you won't go far wrong.

Up the Toffees!

Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 24/06/2016 at 11:06:31
Anthony (25) you have left Evans off your list, big strong striker with good control and a regular scorer, he is well tipped at Finch Farm to make the grade.
Phil Jeffries
31 Posted 24/06/2016 at 13:35:03
Koeman has already said he wants to see what the youngsters can do in pre-season before he starts signing players. Papers are linking us with heaps of players, so I wouldn't go sticking 'Sneider 22' on the back of your new Everton shirt just yet!
John Graham
32 Posted 24/06/2016 at 20:46:47
Just what we need. Sign a few of the youngsters up and prove you have some faith in them.
From what I've seen and heard we do have a good group of five or six coming through, will provide some energy and enthusiasm to the squad.

It's not always about spending money or should I say wasting money. Got to assess what we have and then add to positions where we are weak. Right now I think goalie and striker are the main two positions.

We seem to have lots of cover and a few who we possible need to let go in midfield and defence, so unless someone who Koeman sees as exceptional comes available why just go out and spend for the sake of it.

Jay Harris
33 Posted 24/06/2016 at 22:34:18
Well done and good luck Kieran. You are due a break (pardon the pun).

The only problem is the chasm between reserve and Premiership football. That is why it is usually prudent to send the lads out on loan like we did with Seamus.

Be patient with the kids and the manager and look for top class graduates in a few years time.

Damian Wilde
34 Posted 25/06/2016 at 08:44:00
Lukaku agreed terms with Arse according to one report. I liked this bit of the report:

"His first touch can often let him down, and on occasion, he can turn in entirely anonymous performances."

Ray Roche
35 Posted 25/06/2016 at 09:03:15
Iain Love #24

Iain, during the signing of (and wait for) Koeman I went on a Saints web site to see what they were saying about him. Some said that he had little faith in the young players at Southampton and had a reluctance to put his trust in Academy products, but more said that there were no players ready for a sustained run in the team and Koeman had said that none of the youngsters were of sufficient quality to warrant consideration. It will be interesting to see if he gives youth a chance, I certainly hope so, especially after the efforts the lads put in during the last match v Norwich.

Eugene Kearney
36 Posted 25/06/2016 at 09:20:55
Great news. Hope he makes it to the first team soon.
Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 25/06/2016 at 09:33:53
It is up to the players when they step up to the first team, some thrive and can't get enough of it, others freeze and the occasion is too much for them.

Tom Davies certainly surprised me with his performance against Norwich, alright it was a low key game with nothing at stake, but he never end wavered for a second, always on hand to receive the ball, strong in the tackle and lasted and finished the game strongly. If he he is used more in the first team even coming off the bench he will be hard to keep out of the starting squad.

Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 25/06/2016 at 10:07:33
I thought Davies, was really exceptional that day Dave, and although Iain24, makes a good point, about players only improving, once they start to play with better players, I think most only get their chance if they show enough promise in the first place.

Whilst most managers tend to go with experience, I think managers who have really played the game, tend to give more young kids a chance to prove themselves.

The best advice you can give to any young kid is Eugene's final paragraph, WORK HARD. although I was tempted to put them words the other way round for a laugh!

Keith Glazzard
39 Posted 25/06/2016 at 10:21:03
These signings, a few now, can only have been with the nod from the new boss. This has to be good news.
Shane Corcoran
40 Posted 28/06/2016 at 11:38:52
Any idea how much he's on?

Just wondering if he's on the overpaid ladder to the National team.

Phil Sammon
41 Posted 28/06/2016 at 11:46:50

£5 - 8k per week? Maybe more? Enough that he could ride out these three years and never have to worry about money again.

Surely that's a massive problem facing the English game.

Shane Corcoran
42 Posted 28/06/2016 at 15:42:06
Phil, my point exactly. Well it was a point I heard made on TV last night after the game.

It's easy to jump to conclusions on why England constantly fail but this might be one.

I'd have guessed more than your guess but 'twould only be a guess.

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