Everton has sold midfielder Kieran Dowell to recently-relegated Norwich City. Does the deal clear the way for more deals between the clubs?
Despite early promise, attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell has been sold to Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. Everton’s problems in midfield were on display almost every match this season, it might come as a surprise that a promising central midfielder has been allowed to leave. Dowell’s profile has been lifted by his hat-trick against Hull in an 8-0 thrashing while he was on loan at Wigan. That was his fourth loan deal with a Championship club.
This isn’t Carlo Ancelotti’s and Marcel Brands’ first transfer window and the Dowell deal probably could open the door for more deals between the two clubs. Just because the Canaries finished bottom of the Premier League, doesn’t mean they don’t have some good players and some players Everton are interested in.
While the Toffees needs midfield reinforcements, another move points the way to another position coming in, right back. The Royal Blues haven’t exercised the option to buy Djibril Sidibe after his season on loan.
Max Aarons, has been linked with Everton as well as a number of other clubs, including Bayern Munich. However, if the Toffees move quick enough, they could have Seamus Coleman’s successor as well as cover at left back. The under-23 England international didn’t do much offensively, but neither did Norwich.
Aarons won more than half his tackles and at 20 he has much room to improve. And while the Merseysiders couldn’t offer European football, they can offer a pretty-hefty wage and chance to play for one of the true coaching legends in Ancelotti.
Aaron, who is valued at 18 million pounds, could also be given the chance to help rebuild one of the great names in English football and that has to be appealing to a young player.
If not Aarons, what about Jamal Lewis?
And while Lucas Digne is the definite first class at left-back for the Royal Blues, the retirement of Leighton Baines leaves a vacancy to back-up Digne.
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Lewis could well fit that spot. It’s likely, he would play in all the cup matches as well as filling in for Lucas Digne in case of injury. Lewis has also played wide-left in the midfield and a little bit of versatility always helps.
The Merseysiders have a history of making a number of deals with the same club, Barcelona, for example. Everton and the Canaries have made a decent number of deals, too. But, they haven’t attracted the same kind of attention as a deal with the Catalan giants.
Steven Naismith being the most recent.
So does Dowell, pave the way for even more deals between the Royal Blues and Norwich? I think so, what do you think? Who would you like to see Everton bring in from Norwich City?