Every fan as a kid always had that dream of one day putting on the shirt of their club and stepping out onto the pitch that they call home. It is a fantasy everyone has dreamt yet very few actually achieve, but for Kieran Dowell, that dream could become a reality sooner rather than later.
An Everton fan all his life and a player at the club since the age of seven, Dowell grew up learning the trade at his beloved team whilst also watching his idol, Mikel Arteta, dominate Premier League games from the midfield, and 13 years on since the elegant Spaniard joined the Toffees, the now 21-year-old England youth international could become the next playmaker to write his name into folklore in the blue half of Merseyside.
When the midfielder led Everton’s U-23 side to the inaugural Premier League 2 title in 2017, it became apparent that the kid from Ormskirk had what was needed to make it at senior level, and so for the 2017/18 season the then 19-year-old was sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest, where again he excelled.
10 goals and five assists for the Championship side, including a goal and an assist against Arsenal in the FA Cup, put Dowell firmly on the English football map, but even after that impressive season chances were hard to come by for the youngster upon his return to Everton.
A half-season on the bench prompted Sheffield United to take Dowell on-loan for the second part of what was to be a promotion-clinching season for the Blades, the Everton youngster’s only goal coming against league rivals West Brom in a game that ultimately sent Chris Wilder’s side to the Premier League.
With the U-21 EUROs on the horizon, Dowell will be looking to make an impact this summer for Aidy Boothroyd’s budding England side who have the potential to go all the way in Italy, and for the Everton youngster, it could be the time to shine and impress the higher-ups at the Merseyside outfit and Marco Silva.
The 21-year-old has a big future in the game, but another season of sitting on the bench won’t do Dowell any favours. Maybe this summer the midfielder can springboard his way into the Everton first-team if he delivers for England.