Goodison Park has seen a flurry of players heading out of the exit door this summer, with twelve players now confirmed to have left Everton, compared to three arriving to sign contracts with the Blues.
Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams and Harry Charsley began the summer exodus when they were released at the end of the 2018/19 season, while Brendan Galloway joined Luton Town and Mateusz Hewelt joined Miedz Legnica as free agents.
Nikola Vlasic, meanwhile, has joined CSKA Moscow on a permanent deal, while Luke Garbutt, Jonjoe Kenny, Shani Tarashaj, Sandro Ramirez and Kieran Dowell have all departed Merseyside on loan deals.
The latest player to add his name to the departures list at Goodison Park is the highly-rated academy star Josh Bowler, who has put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal with Hull City.
Bowler proved to be a key member of David Unsworth’s Under 23s last season as they clinched the Premier League 2 title, including the goal which secured the trophy against Brighton and Hove Albion’s junior ranks.
The 20-year-old was set to be out of contract on Merseyside next summer, but has agreed to a one-year extension with Everton before joining the Tigers for their upcoming Championship campaign.
Bowler has shared his delight in being offered an extension to his Blues career, and is adamant that he made the right decision by coming to Merseyside from Queens Park Rangers in 2017.
“It was a big move for me to come to Everton, and I have always thought it was the right one,” he told the club’s official website. “This contract validates that belief and is an important step for me.
“My game has evolved in the past two years. I have grown wiser in my playing style and started to contribute more goals and assists, which is vital in my position.
“Being asked to sign an extension makes you feel wanted and that you are hitting your targets. To know you have that time at the club gives you more freedom and allows you to focus on your football.”
Bowler’s move to the KCOM Stadium will pitch the winger up against one of the best in the Championship for his position, with Jarrod Bowler striking 20 of his 22 goals from the right-flank.