Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter criticise on loan Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell following his performance in the defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
The Rams extended their winless run on the road as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Ewood Park.
Adam Armstrong’s second-half strike was enough to down Derby. And it means Phillip Cocu’s side have now lost five straight away games without scoring a goal.
Derby were poor throughout. But one player who summed up their afternoon was Kieran Dowell with some supporters hammering him on Twitter after the game.
Tom you’re constantly sticking up for him, But I honestly can’t see what he is trying to do, Team selection is shocking, and if he is serious about blending youth, then why not play sibley over that clown Dowell?
— Gungey Gorman (@EamonnRams) December 7, 2019
A shot on target would be a start! Our passing is woeful! Just dross again! Dowell awful. Lawrence non-existent again. Holmes just gives the ball away. Waggy isolated. The list could go on. Can’t think of any positives
— Dave Mills (@davemills1884) December 7, 2019
Patterson & dowell got to back end there loans , soon as
— James Barbour (@lifeofbarbs) December 7, 2019
He can’t justify ever playing Dowell again. But he will….
— •Kyle• (@KyleDCFC7) December 7, 2019
That was up there with the worst away performances we’ve had for years.
— PRF (@PRF_DerbyCounty) December 7, 2019
— Lee Churm (@Churmie) December 7, 2019
Dowell a premiership loan? Looks like local 10th tier football player- not a single pass in place#dcfc
— researchg (@researchg) December 7, 2019
Dowell joined Derby on loan in the summer from Premier League side Everton
Many supporters were hoping he could replicate the sort of goal scoring form he showed while on loan at East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest two years ago.
Dowell, unfortunately, just hasn’t got going at Pride Park. He has shown to be inconsistent, and rather worryingly, he doesn’t even standout when appearing for Derby’s U23s.
The 22-year-old posted a 75% pass-accuracy rate, which was among Derby’s worst. Moreover, he registered just one tackle and one shot (off target) throughout.
Dowell is under pressure to perform. He arrived as a replacement for Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, two players who carried Derby last season in terms of creativity.
But it just hasn’t worked out. It remains to be seen whether he remains at the club beyond January, with Wayne Rooney’s availability sure to restrict his chances further.