Kieran Dowell has outlined his hopes of following in the footsteps of close friend Tom Davies by establishing himself as a first-team regular for Everton.
Davies enjoyed an outstanding 2016/17 season, featuring in every game after Christmas and finishing the season by scooping Young Player of the Season, Goal of the Season and Individual Performance of the Season at the inaugural Dixies event last month.
Dowell, who became an Academy graduate when he appeared against Krasnodar in the Europa League in December 2014, meanwhile, spent last campaign helping David Unsworth’s Under-23s side secure the Premier League 2 title.
The Ormskirk-born midfielder is currently in South Korea with England Under-20s, preparing for a World Cup semi-final against Italy on Thursday
- but his ambitions at Club level are clear.
“I’m made up for Tom,” Dowell told evertonfc.com
. “It’s unbelievable to see him walking out with the first team and to watch him dominate games how he does every week.
“We’re as close as we always have been. I’ve known him for a long time and I see him just as much now as I did a year or so ago, perhaps not as much in the game but I see him a lot outside of football.
“He’s shown that it can be done. It gives you a boost because we’ve both been in similar situations in that we’ve come through the Academy. I want to follow suit now and do the same.
“I feel really good at the moment and I have learned a lot from this season. I’ve worked hard and I’ve improved - and now I want to take that into next season.”