Opinion: Sheffield Wednesday should make a loan move for Kieran Dowell in January

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay should make a loan move for Everton youngster Kieran Dowell, as the 21-year-old will have limited chances at Goodison Park without Carabao Cup football.

What’s the situation?

Dowell has started just two games for the Everton first team so far this season, both of which were in the League Cup against Rotherham and Southampton, but with the Toffees knocked out in a penalty shootout against their fellow Premier League side it looks as though the midfielder will have to return to the U23 side.

Sheffield Wednesday though could certainly use his talents as an attacking-midfield player. The Owls currently sit in 15th place in the Championship and could do with a signing who would take some of the creative onus from Adam Reach’s shoulders.

In Barry Bannan, Luhukay has one of the league’s top central midfielders, but signing Dowell would provide the necessary competition for players such as Tottenham loanee Josh Onomah.

Josh Onomah for Wednesday

Championship experience

Dowell spent last season on loan in the Championship with Nottingham Forest and quickly set about becoming a regular fixture in the first team, scoring 10 goals in the first half of the season. Unfortunately for him, when Aitor Karanka was brought in as manager he lost his place in the side.

The Everton youngster, who joined the club’s academy at age seven, did manage 38 Championship appearances for Forest though so he has the experience needed to hit the ground running in the middle of the season if a side does come in with another loan bid in January.

The 5ft 9in attacking midfielder has also represented England at every youth level since U16 and is now a member of Aidy Boothroyd’s England U21 squad, having also won the 2017 U20 World Cup.

There is sure to be strong interest in Dowell in January, so Luhukay must move quickly if he is to secure the services of one of the most talented young Premier League prospects.

So, Wednesday fans, would you support a loan move for Dowell in January or should the focus be on other areas of the team? Have your say by voting in the poll below.