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Hull City manager Grant McCann will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats, when they travel to Nottingham Forest in the league tonight, looking to try and put some distance between themselves and the Championship relegation zone.
As McCann looks for the winning formula, one player who has struggled to tie down a starting berth is on-loan Everton winger Josh Bowler, whose all eight appearances this season have come from the bench.
So how do you think Bowler’s parent club Everton will be feeling about his loan so far, with no league starts yet?
“Everton can’t be happy.
“But if Grant McCann does not deem him good enough to start then there is no reason why he should throw him in just to please Everton.
“Whilst I am sure some words have been exchanged with Hull, it may be more worthwhile talking to the player to ensure he is giving his all to break into the side.
“With the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki in the side, it was never likely that Bowler would be a regular starter anyway.”
“Everton will of course be disappointed with the way Bowler has been treated since joining Hull on loan, with the youngster having been used sparingly by Grant McCann thus far.
“The winger’s chances have been largely limited this season due to the form of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki so far, meaning it is unlikely that he will be able to dislodge either player from the starting eleven.
“Everton may wish to assess the loan spell when January comes around, as this will allow them to recall the player and loan him out elsewhere, or allow him to continue at Hull, in the hope he will get more game time.
“With Hull having displayed largely mixed form so far, now may be a good time for McCann to experiment with his starting eleven and give Bowler a more consistent run of games in the club’s upcoming fixtures.”
Will Everton be frustrated about Josh Bowler's loan stint at Hull?
“I think they’ll be rather underwhelmed.
“Everton will of course have sent Bowler on-loan to Hull with the view of getting him some much-needed game time at a high level, and that simply hasn’t happened so far this season.
“With no league appearances so far this season, not only does it mean that Bowler is not getting the sort of experience they would have hoped for in terms of opposition he is facing, but he also isn’t becoming adapted to the heavy schedule that comes with playing week in week out at senior level.
“It may not be too much of a surprise therefore, if Everton were thinking about recalling the winger in January, with a view to sending him on-loan elsewhere if opportunities do not pick up at the KCOM Stadium.”