Sheffield United should use Everton contacts to replace Liverpool's Ben Woodburn with Toffees' Kieran Dowell

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 09, 2018 in Sheffield,...

The Liverpool youngster has struggled at Sheffield United, who would be wise to consider Everton's Dowell instead.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ben Woodburn of Liverpool and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson of Derby County in action during the PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on October 21, 2018 in Kirkby,...

Mark Duffy of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield United will definitely target competition for Mark Duffy in the January transfer window, according to the Star reporter Alan Biggs.

Having lost David Brooks in the summer transfer window, that man was meant to be another young Welshman in Liverpool's Ben Woodburn.

 

But the 19-year-old has found life tough since his season-long move to Bramall Lane, and there is talk of him returning to Anfield six months early - talk that was confirmed possible by the United manager Chris Wilder on Thursday.

QPR's Luke Freeman and Birmingham's Jota Peleteiro have already been discussed in the media as potential January recruits, but what about Everton's Kieran Dowell?

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ben Woodburn of Liverpool and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson of Derby County in action during the PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on October 21, 2018 in Kirkby,...

Dowell impressed as England's Under-21s beat Denmark 5-1 on Tuesday, but has only played twice for Everton this season (totalling 135 minutes in the EFL Cup) and is someone that you would think could be on the market in January, even if it's only to loan.

At two years Woodburn's senior and having registered 10 goals and five assists while at Nottingham Forest last season, Dowell is a player who, in theory and unlike his Liverpool rival, could slot straight into a Sheffield United side seeking to maintain its charge towards the Premier League.

Kieran Dowell of Everton arrives for the Carabao Cup third round match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on October 2, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

And given United's strong links with Everton - to whom they sold Dowell's teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin two years ago and whose Under-23s are managed and recruited for by former Blades David Unsworth and Jamie Hoyland, respectively - there are grounds to think that a move to Bramall Lane could be a goer.

Should Sheffield United replace their Liverpool loanee with one from Everton instead?

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