Dowell grabs a hat-trick as Wigan destroy Hull 8-0

Wednesday, 14 July, 2020 52comments  |  Jump to last
Three of Everton's on-loan Academy products were involved in a goal-fest in the Championship this evening, although only one was celebrating.

Kieran Dowell scored a brace as Wigan Athletic romped to a 7-0 half-time lead over Hull City for whom Josh Bowler was hooked after just 35 minutes.

Playing against another of his Toffees club-mates, Matthew Pennington, and alongside former Blue, Antonee Robinson, Dowell completed his hat-trick with the only goal of the second half, a first-time looping effort that cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar.


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Ray Roche
1 Posted 14/07/2020 at 19:35:54
Hat trick for Kieran Dowell and one for Joe Williams for rampant Wigan!
Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 14/07/2020 at 19:40:04
Bizarre result, Ray! What's happening with the administration thing? Genuinely not looked.
Ray Roche
3 Posted 14/07/2020 at 19:47:57
I can't answer that for you, Danny, I saw the scorers and thought it was of interest. I know some potential buyers were scared off by the wage bill!!
Jay Harris
4 Posted 14/07/2020 at 19:56:41
Wigan will have a 12-point deduction so, if they finish more than 12 points above the relegation zone, they are safe. If they finish in the relegation places, the 12-point deduction will apply next season in League One.

Lets hope for their sake they keep winning!!
Jay Wood

5 Posted 14/07/2020 at 20:09:51
Delighted for Wigan and Kieran. If my memory serves me right, I'm pretty sure it was against Hull that he also scored a hat-trick whilst on loan at Forest.

I really hope Wigan can wriggle free from the 12 point penalty for going into administration that could relegate them.

What has happened there is criminal.

I wondered aloud on here a couple of weeks ago what Carlo Ancelotti will make of Kieran Dowell when he sees him.

It's possibly too late for Kieran at Everton now, but for me his is a real sliding doors story.

Carlo will be impressed with his innate football skills. I would argue that technically he is as gifted as any one on our books. Everyone knows the vital ingredient missing from his game.

He had as good a pre-season as anyone under both Koeman and Silva and his season long loan to Forest was going very well until they changed managers and the new man didn't fancy Kieran.

Last season as part of Sheffield United's promotion team he had some good moments, but was not a regular starter. Brands placing him at Derby at the start of this extended season with his old PSV sidekick Phillip Coco on paper looked shrewd, but again Kieran wasn't a regular.

He has seen more game time at Wigan since joining in January.

Under the right manager at the right time he might have had a chance at Everton.

Has that chance with Carlo come too late..?

Christy Ring
6 Posted 14/07/2020 at 20:28:24
If Wigan can win their last 2 games, they'll more than likely survive, even with the 12-point deduction. I hope they do, I like Paul Cook. Has he still got Peter Reid on the staff? It's still very strange, going into administration, a couple of months after a takeover.

What about Hull City, who Wigan beat 8-0, they were 8 points off the playoffs in January, and the owners thought they wouldn't make it, so sold their 3 best players, including Bowen for 㿂M, to balance the books. It backfired completely, and they will probably be relegated.

Andrew Keatley
7 Posted 14/07/2020 at 21:49:48
Ray - Wigan vs Hull this season is like an unofficial Everton academy tribute game; Antonee Robinson, Joe Williams and Kieran Dowell for Wigan, and Josh Bowler and Matthew Pennington for Hull.

I've been saying this for 4 years now but, if someone could improve the defensive side of Dowell's game and instil some real competitive spirit and discipline in him, then he has the talent to play in the Premier League.

His hat-trick goal was a thing of beauty and the sort of controlled finish that not many players have in their locker. Joe Williams could end up back in the Premier League some day; he has a good all-round game and, if it weren't for untimely injuries, then we might have been seeing him rather than, or as well as, Tom Davies in the centre of our midfield right now.

Tony Hill
8 Posted 14/07/2020 at 22:17:17
Andrew, that goal was extraordinary. Drives me mad. Dowell – all the talent in the world but no mental toughness. Ditto Barkley.

Williams looked excellent, as you say. I hope he flourishes, it can still happen.

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 14/07/2020 at 22:24:30
Delighted for Dowell. Third goal was an absolute thing of beauty. I always look out for these lads. Presume Dowell will leave but hopefully he'll find a place that can harness his considerable talent.
Jay Wood

10 Posted 14/07/2020 at 22:53:42
View the goals here.

Wigan 8 Hull 0

Not only did Kieran fire in a very impressive hat-trick, it's him that sets up the first goal, cutting past two Hull players from a short corner then hanging the ball up to the far post for an easy header.

Another old boy Joe Williams scores the 7th on the stroke of half-time and you see Antonee Robinson having a shot tipped over the bar.

About the only time the Hull keeper moved. He didn't get his knees dirty on any of the goals.

Another of our loanees, Josh Bowler, started for Hull. Subbed out on 35 minutes.

Don Alexander
11 Posted 14/07/2020 at 23:15:35
Jay, I'm 65. When I was 45 my Missus congratulated me on giving her four orgasms in one night. I believe I was there.

Dowell is, like me, consistently failing to hit the heights. until it doesn't really matter.

Bobby Mallon
12 Posted 15/07/2020 at 00:46:51
Bring him back now!!!
Gavin Johnson
13 Posted 15/07/2020 at 01:27:01
Don't be fooled by one game. The lad has ability but is a bit of a bottler. He'll never change his temperament to go missing in games. I hope he keeps performing like this to put himself in the shop window.

It's a bit of money for our transfer kitty and a permanent move for him which is what he needs. Maybe we can let Wigan keep him as a sweetener for young Joe Gelhardt?

Gavin Johnson
14 Posted 15/07/2020 at 01:43:10
That said, he'd be more useful than Sigurdsson. Sig needs to wind his career down and find a club in the States.
Bill Gienapp
15 Posted 15/07/2020 at 02:55:15
Dowell's always had highlight-reel goals in his locker.

The issue has always been consistency (admittedly also the main problem with most of the players in the first team) and putting together 90-minute performances. That was the main purpose of his loan moves and, by all accounts, something that hasn't really improved in his game.

Like Gavin said, he just doesn't seem to have the right temperament, unfortunately.

Phill Thompson
16 Posted 15/07/2020 at 04:47:06
We know he can score goals, he did the same on his loan move at Forest, but when they struggled he struggled to up his work rate and his game to help.

I see it as a positive that he's playing in a Wigan team who are not only playing attractive football but playing for their survival and needing their players to fight too. Let Carlo have a look at him pre-season and decide then.

I see Joe Williams scored a goal too, good on him. He's not good enough for us but sure as hell shows more fight than our current spineless midfielders.

Ajay Gopal
17 Posted 15/07/2020 at 06:25:12
Our Messiah has arrived!

On a more serious note, there are some late bloomers in football – Jamie Vardy springs to mind readily. Hopefully, Kieran finds a consistent level of performance so that we can sell him for decent money to a Championship team. He may develop into a decent Premier League level footballer, like John Lundstram has for Sheffield United.

Justin Doone
18 Posted 15/07/2020 at 07:43:48
I still want to know why Dowell didn't remain at Sheffield Utd on loan for another season?

What could he have been a part of, how much he could have matured and grown in confidence and value?

I like the lad but he has to fit into a certain teams style. He's got a bit of LeTissier about him. Talent yes, work rate and defending no.

He's not what our midfield needs at the moment but who knows what Carlo is planning?

Mat McConville
19 Posted 15/07/2020 at 07:53:48
I hope Carlo gets Dowell back and finds a way to integrate this guy into the team. A wand of a left foot and magnificent set-piece delivery.

Anyone in any doubt about his top flight pedigree then have a look at his third goal last night. Outrageous.

He has twice the talent of Gordon, but only half the confidence. He flourished under Waburton at Nottm Forest and needs a manager to convince him of his talent.

Ray Roche
20 Posted 15/07/2020 at 08:54:57
Justin, yes, Dowell does have a (very) little of Le Tissier about him which begs the question, would Le Tissier be as big a star if he was playing now? And would Dowell be a better player if there was less emphasis on tackling back?

I always had high hopes for Dowell but his application is sadly lacking.

John Pickles
21 Posted 15/07/2020 at 10:16:27
There probably are clubs that can 'fix' iffy parts to player's games, but one thing is sure, one of them isn't Everton. We have a squad full of
problem players and the problem just increases not dissipates.

We should sell for whatever we can get, but he'll probably get a new 5-year contract.

Steven Pienaar's career was rejuvenated when he first signed for Everton and there must have been a couple of others, but I doubt it's a long list over recent years.

Frank Wade
22 Posted 15/07/2020 at 10:35:18
Thanks for the link, Jay.

Almost as impressive as the last goal in the Kieran Dowell package, was the way he pressed the Hull defender and won the ball from him just inside the half for his 2nd goal.

The commitment and discipline are the easy bits, the skill is the difficult piece to add to the package of any footballer and he has that.

I haven't seen him in many games, so can't make an assessment on his lack of commitment that others have mentioned. He's a year older, so maybe he has improved and Carlo can bring out the best in him.

Jason Li
23 Posted 15/07/2020 at 10:37:34
Looks decent still.

Liked how quickly he tackled one of the opposing players and has decent acceleration over 10 yards.

Would be a good squad player for us next season.

John Raftery
24 Posted 15/07/2020 at 10:53:02
Interesting to read views that Dowell lacks consistency, is a bottler and goes missing in games. That suggests he would be an ideal fit for our current team. More seriously, on what basis are those comments made? How many games have people seen him play? How many Everton first-team appearances do people think he has made?

In my view he has not been given sufficient first-team opportunities at Everton for anyone to pass judgement on his suitability. What I do know is we have paid tens of millions for players who appear to have less natural skill and negligible application.

Gavin Johnson
25 Posted 15/07/2020 at 11:03:05
John Rafferty - It's a common view that he goes missing in games. Are you forgetting about the loans to Forest, Derby and Sheffied United?!

I and a lot of other Evertonians followed his career and the majority of the aforementioned supporters on fan sites were saying what some of us already knew. He has moments of brilliance but that's outweighed by him walking languidly around the pitch and basically going missing.

You would have made a very valid point except you didn't take into account the last 3 seasons of loans.

Nathan Ford
26 Posted 15/07/2020 at 11:24:42
A manager like Neil Warnock would be great for Dowell. He would make him a 㿊M player. He's the kind of manager that would get the team to play to Dowell's strengths. If he stays at Middlesborough next season, I wouldn't be surprised to see Dowell move there.
Robert Tressell
27 Posted 15/07/2020 at 11:35:24
Warnock was manager of Sheffield Wednesday I think when Ross Barkley was on loan there. Didn't give him much game time because he played like a kid in a playground and didn't follow orders. Barkley remains an enigma!

Dowell is a different sort of player but I'm still not sure Warnock would suit him. He's like the English Bilyaletdinov. Not sure what his best position is, won't run around a lot but lovely technique and superb left foot. Maybe he could go and join Vlasic out in Russia.

A silly idea – but there's a lot of sense in sending players like Dowell on loan to Eredivisie rather than Championship. Bit more freedom to play slower, technical football and develop into a more elite player.

Jay Wood

28 Posted 15/07/2020 at 11:55:56
Right manager, wrong club, Robert. But easy to get confused.

Ross first went on loan in the 2012-13 season to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday under ex-Everton player (and unfairly maligned manager) Dave Jones. He played regularly under Jones and the Wednesday fans loved him.

Mid-season he was loaned to another Championship side, Leeds Utd, who were managed by Warnock. I have family and friends around Leeds and Bradford who are huge Leeds fans. They couldn't understand Warnock's reluctance to play Ross as they said his class was obvious.

Everton, exasperated that he wasn't given the promised game time Leeds had said they would give him, recalled him before the season's end.

Paul Jones
29 Posted 15/07/2020 at 11:58:25
Leon Osman spent a lot of his earlier career on loan before settling at Everton to have a long career. So still time to make it with Everton and we might as well have used one of our own young players rather than spending 㿀M+ on a squad or reserve team player from Arsenal.
Jay Wood

30 Posted 15/07/2020 at 12:02:34
John @ 24.

I agree with you that Kieran should have been given a chance in an Everton shirt, rather than always sent out on loan.

Thus my 'sliding doors' comment earlier in the thread. Under the right manager, with the right encouragement, his innate football skills are a huge asset.

As I also said, maybe it's already too late for Kieran at Everton, but I would hazard a guess that Carlo will be impressed at Kieran's football ability when he gets to see him and wonder if he can make something of him.

Because technically, Kieran is as gifted as any footballer we currently have on our books.

Steve Ferns
31 Posted 15/07/2020 at 12:05:48
Kieran had two chances in the first team, in his preferred position under Silva, and he bottled it both times. One was the League Cup match.

Not saying he doesn't deserve another go, but he has been given opportunities and he didn't come remotely close to taking them.

John Keating
32 Posted 15/07/2020 at 12:25:18
Steve, I remember that League Cup tie with Rotherham. Dowell never set the place on fire but he certainly never let himself down.

I personally have never been sure of the lad but what pisses me off big time is the fact successive managers have preferred "the stars" and not persisted with the "dross".

We have seen for years that the stars have let us down consistently. Would it have been any worse if we had actually persevered with the "dross"?

Steve Ferns
33 Posted 15/07/2020 at 12:31:45
John, Dowell had the worst game I've ever seen him play. He really let himself down and his passing deserted him. He froze big time.

That doesn't mean he can't have a go again and play with confidence and show what he can do. Maybe he'll overcome his nerves with these loans?

John Keating
34 Posted 15/07/2020 at 12:37:19
As we always stay, Steve, we all see things differently.

Lukaku would score a one or two and get slagged.

Jimmy Husband would make a one or two for Young and get slagged.

Bloody Young would get a couple and...… well, I must admit, I never slagged him – or Vernon! Mind you Stevens was shite!!!

Paul Jones
35 Posted 15/07/2020 at 12:53:45
Making a debut under Silva can be excused if overcome by nerves or more likely confusion the whole team were equally perplexed. An experienced football manager like Ancelloti would probably fair better than his predecessor in developing his talent.
Robert Tressell
36 Posted 15/07/2020 at 13:19:00
That's right, Jay. Got my Yorkshire clubs muddled up. Seems a long time ago now.

Agree, Steve. Chance now gone at Everton. Shame, because I think he helped England win the U-20 World Cup as a left-footed, creative and goalscoring right winger / midfielder. Exactly the sort of player we now need.

Hopefully the hat-trick revives some interest and we get a fee for him.

James Hughes
37 Posted 15/07/2020 at 13:36:32
Dowell is a quality player who should have been given more opportunity at Everton. He reminds me of a young Berbatov, playing the game at his own pace but with exceptional ability.

Sadly his Everton contract finishes this month so he will leave on a free transfer. We are stuck with Sigurdsson.
Michael Kenrick
38 Posted 15/07/2020 at 16:19:08
Don't want to be accused of 'nit-picking' and 'bullying', James, but I believe Kieran Dowell's Everton contract runs through June 2021. Just saying. No offence intended.
Jay Wood

39 Posted 15/07/2020 at 17:55:22
I'm surprised by you both, Steve and Robert, if you believe Kieran has been given a fair shot at Everton but 'blown it'. Pretty hard taskmasters to state that.

Kieran actually made his debut for Everton shortly after his 17th birthday in 2014 in a losing Europa League dead rubber game under Martinez. He came on after just 11 minutes, replacing the injured Atzu. It was an extremely youthful team and Kieran played out the remaining 79 minutes. No great shakes. No disgrace.

He had to wait another 18 months for his next Everton 1st team appearance, aged still only 18, playing the Rhino-Big Joe one-off game in the final match of the season vs already relegated Norwich after Martinez was sacked.

Matthew Pennington at right-back, Tom Davies (himself only 17) and Kieran were the surprise starters. All did very well until Kieran was switched out for Ross Barkley on 69 minutes. Jonjoe Kenny came on for Pennington after 30 minutes after the latter picked up a knock.

At the start of the 2018 season – Silva's first – having had as impressive a pre-season as anyone, Kieran made the bench for 3 Premier League games but never saw any minutes. He started two League Cup games. He played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 win over Rotherham. He was 'okay' – not 'lost'. I remember him working a position and getting a shot off in the 2nd half, but not connecting well.

He then started the next round game vs Southampton. Silva was heavily criticised for his selection as he made 7 changes from the previous Premier League game. Losing 1-0 at half-time, it wasn't fluent. Kieran was taken off at half-time and replaced by Niasse. Walcott equalised late in that game, but we were knocked out on penalties.

That was October 2018. Five games then across four years, aged 17-21, is the sum total of Kieran Dowell's 1st team career at Everton.

I can understand the loans Kieran has been sent out on, with different degrees of success due to mitigating circumstances. I personally felt all would have been better served if he had remained at Everton last season, rather than loaned to Sheffield United, and been given minutes with us.

You both like skilled footballers. You both champion youth. So I really am quite surprised when Steve in particular says things like "he has been given opportunities and he didn't come remotely close to taking them... he really let himself down and his passing deserted him. He froze big time."

That's a gross exaggeration of his performances in 5 games over 4 years.

We have perservered with far worse footballers than Kieran Dowell down the years. We as a club should have done more – and maybe still can – to discover if Kieran could fulfil his immense potential as a first-team player.

Why wouldn't you try to give an opportunity to a player who, I will repeat, is techniquely as good as anyone we currently have at the club?

David Hallwood
40 Posted 15/07/2020 at 18:22:48

Dowell reminds me of Sheedy, left peg and all, than Le Tissier. As Ancelotti is going 4-4-2 who knows?

Fran Mitchell
41 Posted 15/07/2020 at 18:43:50
When you consider Davies has been given 100+ first team games, and Dowell, what, 5 or 6? To say Dowell didn't take his chance is unfair.

Davies was seen as more industrial, so got given more chances, whilst Dowell's laid-back style was too risky.

WHen you consider our midfield can't string two passes together, you wonder 'what if Dowell had been given 100+ games to prove himself. Would he be better or worse than Davies (never mind Gomes, Siggy and co).

Dowell has unbelievable talent, and I'd love to see him develop into a deep sitting playmaker. But the boat has passed it would seem - yet i'd prefer him in the squad to any of our current midfielders next season.

Fran Mitchell
42 Posted 15/07/2020 at 18:53:53
Also worth remembering, he was a regular at Sheffield Utd for the second half of last season, he did well albeit mainly as a substitute.

This, we were led to believe, proved he wasn't good enough for the mighty Everton. How can it be that he isn't starting for such a lowly team.

That team, and their midfield, has proven to be excellent, far superior to anything the mighty Everton have to offer. And he was a part of it last season.

Joe McMahon
43 Posted 15/07/2020 at 20:04:41
Jay @4 because of Wigan's goal difference, even with a 12-point deduction they won't go down, with Luton not winning last night.
Christy Ring
44 Posted 15/07/2020 at 20:25:35
Dowell's third goal was a superb finish, and I'd love to see him make it.

But how bad are Hull, if Wigan can score 8 against them?

James Flynn
45 Posted 15/07/2020 at 21:02:03
Fran (42) - "Also worth remembering, he was a regular at Sheffield Utd for the second half of last season, he did well albeit mainly as a substitute."

Not so. You're referring to the first half of that season.

The 2nd half he played less and less. For the final run-in for the title, Wilder kept a healthy Dowell parked on the bench, except for a single, late-game cameo.

Sam Hoare
46 Posted 15/07/2020 at 21:20:13
I'm with Jay @39; I'm not sure you can say he's been given a real shot. A real shot would be starting 3 or 4 games in a two-month window at the least. Dowell's barely had 5 games in his whole Everton career.

I'm not convinced he would set the Premier League alight, he's not shone often in the Championship this year but I found myself thinking how much less effective he'd be than the likes Bernard, let's say? The former is on 㿀k p/w and the latter 𧴰k.

If we could sell Bernard, use Dowell as squad cover, and spend those saved wages on a proper midfielder, then I'd be happy enough.

Robert Tressell
47 Posted 15/07/2020 at 22:06:12
I never said Dowell blew his chance. I said his chance has gone.

Being realistic more than anything. I would love to see him succeed but at 22, with a very patchy last couple of years time is against him. Based on Championship performances we wouldn't be looking to buy him, put it that way.

I think getting him at Derby with Cocu was designed to see him learn / develop under someone Brands knows and trusts. Didn't work out.

Compare him with Harry Wilson, similar player, who did great there previous season (under Lampard, different circumstances I know).

A point I do keep making is that, the next time we get another Dowell, it might be better to send him to develop in the Eredivisie than the Championship.

Fran Mitchell
48 Posted 15/07/2020 at 22:34:36
James, he only joined Sheffield Utd in January, and played 16 times. Not too bad considering he joined a well-performing team with an already strong midfield. Yeah, he was mainly a sub but, seeing how they are performing this season, that is understandable.
Carl Manning
50 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:34:02
Dowell will end you having a great career in the championship. He's a bit like Dwight gayle who is dynamite in the championship but seems to lack something in the prem. I know dowell performs well during pre season with us, but there must be something missing or one of the managers would have given him a go by now surely? It is a beauty of a left foot he has!
Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:44:36
Sam (46), Sam you reckon Dowell is on £20,000 per week, a million pound a year !!!, you'd think that would give him the incentive to see what he could earn if he was a regular in the premier league. Too much too soon certainly comes to mind.
Paul Birmingham
52 Posted 16/07/2020 at 18:25:40
The lads not had a fair chance and that's ironic considering that team has been average to generally poor in this period.

For me Finch Farm, has a lot to explain, but time it appears has run out. Another enigma, and great promise not forfilled at Everton.

Where ever Kieran goes, in the game, I will wish him well.

David Currie
53 Posted 18/07/2020 at 03:31:40
Hull should go all out and get back free agent Marco Silva back. He said he wants to come back to England and take on another challenge!

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