Kieran Dowell could get his chance to play some significant Premier League games next season, but it might not be with Everton after all. Newly-promoted Sheffield United finished second in the Championship and are already gearing up for the top flight by clearing house this week.
The Blades announced today that they had released five players and placed seven others on the outgoing transfers list as manager Chris Wilder prepares for what promises to be a busy transfer market for his side this summer.
Paul Coutts, Martin Cranie, Conor Washington, Daniel Lafferty and Caolan Lavery have all been let go as their contracts are expiring at the end of this season. The group of Leon Clarke, Jake Wright, Ched Evans, Samir Carruthers, Nathan Thomas, Ben Heneghan and Ricky Holmes have all been transfer listed despite still having term left on their current contracts.
Five other on-loan players who gained promotion with the side, including Dowell, will be returning to their sides but the report indicates that the club wants the 21-year-old back, as well as Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson for their upcoming Premier League season.
Dowell featured in seventeen games for the Blades, starting in nine games while scoring twice and adding one assist. His low output is despite being used as an attacking midfielder in Wilder’s 3-5-2 formation, and doesn’t bode well for his chances of making Marco Silva’s Everton squad next season.
The youngster featured on the Blues bench thrice earlier on this season, but Silva lost faith is his ability and had him sent out on loan to gain some valuable playing time in the Championship.
There is currently no cover for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the Everton side, and if Nikola Vlasic decides to return to the squad when his loan deal at CSKA Moscow ends this summer, then that will only push Dowell further away from the senior team. Dowell only has two Premier League appearances, back in 2015-16 under Roberto Martinez when he played 72 minutes in two wins to close out the season against AFC Bournemouth and Norwich City.