Everton fans have been discussing the future of Kieran Dowell, but what should the Toffees do with the 20 year-old midfielder?
When Dowell returned to Goodison this summer, he was probably expecting to get some playing time in rotation with Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the arrival of Bernard seems to have pushed the 20 year-old completely out of the frame.
Dowell scored nine times in 38 Championship appearances on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, and was hugely popular during his stay at the City Ground.
Sigurdsson had an inconsistent first season on Merseyside before an injury cut his season short, but the Icelandic international looks in great shape to start the new season.
Throw in the arrival of 14-cap Brazil playmaker Bernard, and Dowell is facing the prospect of a season without much first team action.
This is why Marco Silva must use Bernard as a winger, meaning Dowell can deputise for Sigurdsson.
The Toffees don’t have a huge depth of options up front, so adding Bernard to the attack would be a huge boost, while also allowing Dowell to strut his stuff as a number ten.
So, Everton fans, what do you think Silva should do with Dowell? Is he ready for the first team? A loan in January? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…