Bill Kenwright reacts to Kieran Dowell contract at Everton

Kieran Dowell - Everton

The youngster has agreed a new and improved deal to extend his stay at Everton.

Kieran Dowell - EvertonKieran Dowell - Everton

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has told the club’s official website that Kieran Dowell’s new contract shows not only his potential but also the quality of the club’s youth setup

Dowell agreed a new deal at the club on Thursday that will see him stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2019.

Everton caretaker manager Joe Royle with Kieran Dowell as he is substitutedEverton caretaker manager Joe Royle with Kieran Dowell as he is substituted

It caps what has been a superb 2016 for him, coming two months after the youngster made him Premier League debut against Bournemouth and five weeks from his first full start against Bournemouth.

He has enjoyed an impressive rise through the club’s youth ranks, having starred for David Unsworth’s Under 21 side last season.

And Kenwright says that the new contract not only shows his potential, but the excellent work being carried out by Unsworth with the youth side.

"I'm really pleased for Kieran... and for Everton,” he told evertonfc.com.

This contract demonstrates not only his great potential but also the quality of David Unsworth and our Academy coaches.”

Liverpool's Jordan Williams in action with Everton's Kieran DowellLiverpool's Jordan Williams in action with Everton's Kieran Dowell

It will now be interesting to see if Dowell can become an Everton first team star in the next few years.

Former manager Roberto Martinez was a firm advocate of giving youth a chance, having developed the likes of John Stones, Ross Barkley and Brendan Galloway in recent years.

Ronald Koeman did a similar thing with young talent at Southampton and Dowell may be eyeing his chance under the Dutchman.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceEverton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

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