Wigan Athletic have recently completed the signing of Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell, on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
The 22-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with Derby County, but failed to set the world alight during his time at Pride Park.
The attacking midfielder made just eight league starts for Phillip Cocu’s side, failing to score a single goal and registering just one assist for the Rams.
But Everton have recently cut Dowell’s loan deal at Pride Park at short, and he has since signed for the Latics on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Dowell – who made his debut for Wigan in their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Leicester at the weekend – will be hopeful of steering Paul Cook’s side well away from the relegation zone this term.
Here, then, we discuss whether Dowell is a good addition for the Latics…
“I think that Dowell will turn out to be a decent signing for the Latics, despite flattering to deceive during his time at Derby County in the first six months of the campaign.
“He tends to go missing in games and doesn’t make too much of an impact, but his final pass is what made him such an important player on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2017/18.
“I think he was slightly out of his depth on loan at Derby, and he will move to Wigan and play for a manager who knows how to get the best out of creative midfielders just like Dowell.
“They have been missing that spark in midfield since the departure of Nick Powell to Stoke City, and I think that he could be a really shrewd addition for the Latics.”
“This is a good bit of business for Paul Cook’s side as it helps to largely fill the void that has been left since Nick Powell’s departure from the club, with Dowell offering a wealth of creative talent.
“The youngster is very much still in the developmental stages of his career and will be keen to impress in the Championship once again over the coming weeks and months of the campaign.
“He could also in theory get the best out of the likes of Jamal Lowe and Kieffer Moore, with both players having so far failed to hit the heights that were previously expected of them.
“This loan spell could go a long way towards determining whether the Latics remain in the Championship this season or not, with players of Dowell’s guise usually making the difference in tightly contested games.”
“This could turn out to be a shrewd piece of business by Wigan if Dowell is able to hit the ground running at the DW Stadium.
“Whilst the midfielder ultimately failed to deliver the goods during the first-half of the 2019/20 campaign for Derby County, there is no reason why he cannot add some much-needed creativity to the Latics’ midfield.
“Currently in the Championship relegation zone, Wigan will arguably need to make further additions in the transfer window if they are to have a chance of achieving survival.
“Providing that manager Paul Cook gets the best out of Dowell, the Latics could put themselves in a commanding position to retain their second-tier status for another season.”
“It’s a decent signing for Paul Cook.
“Firstly, you have to say that Dowell was a major disappointment at Derby this season and going from that it is an underwhelming signing for the Latics.
“However, the midfielder has very good pedigree and has shown with Sheffield United and particularly Nottingham Forest that he can thrive in the Championship, ,whilst he has also played for England’s U21 side.
“So, if Wigan can get the player back to that level then he would be a real coup for them and should add creativity and goals to a side that need more spark in the final third.”