Date: 5th September 2019 at 2:13pm
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Kieran Dowell joined Derby County on a season-long loan and has been a regular under Phillip Cocu. The 21-year-old has been short of playing time at Everton, featuring only five times in the last two years, and embarked upon a temporary move away to get first-team football.

Dowell has made six appearances for the Rams, making one assist. He started in Derby’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town (August 5), 0-0 draw with Swansea City (August 10), 2-2 draw with Stoke City (August 17), 2-1 defeat to Bristol City (August 20), 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion (August 24) and 3-0 defeat to Brentford (August 31).

The England u21 international has racked up 500 minutes of Championship football this season, making 10 chances, eight successful dribbles (89%), completing 76.5% of his 39 passes per game, whipping in 27 crosses with 19% accuracy, hitting the target with 25% of his 12 shots and averaging a tackle (8) or interception (2) every 50 minutes.

Whether Dowell has a future at Everton remains to be seen, but he needs to improve to put himself in the shop window at Derby. Cocu told Derbyshire Live: “When you take a look at his qualities, I think he can do better and he has to do better. We can expect more from him, yes.”

The Rams next face Cardiff City on Friday, September 13.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article


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