Cocu was speaking to reporters ahead of Derby’s trip to Brentford this weekend, and the Derby Telegraph quote him as saying Dowell must do better following a succession of under-par performances.
“Yes, I expect more from Dowell in the next couple of games. He has got now five, six, seven games here to play to get to know his team-mates, the type of strikers they are, how they like to receive the ball. So when you take a look at his qualities, I think he can do better and he has to do better,” Cocu explained.
Derby fans took to Twitter to agree with Cocu’s comments on the Everton loanee.
Can't get any worse...— Robert (@Rhombi63) August 30, 2019
For his sake I hope he doesn’t end up falling through the cracks. Undoubted talent but needs to show more to justify game time.— C (@chughs67) August 30, 2019
To right. He’s been woeful!!— Christopher Butt (@STATO3) August 30, 2019
Been very disappointing so far.— Wils (@PWils0n07) August 30, 2019
Yep. Been very poor .— Brynn Jones (@BrynnJones40) August 30, 2019
Been average at best thus far.Not driven the team forward,not shown any pace to break the lines, no better vision or passing than anyone else & no eye for goal.Really don’t see what he has brought to the table.Unless that changes quickly he will not be the answer alongside Hudds— shaun woodward (@woodwardio79) August 30, 2019
I don’t think he’s been as bad as some clearly do, not near good enough yet but clearly not a set piece taker, we must have more options in that field— Derbyrams (@Pat00758889Pat) August 30, 2019
Dowell joined Derby in the summer on a season-long loan deal from Everton. He arrived having had previous Championship experience at both Nottingham Forest and promoted Sheffield United.
The Rams benefited from the arrivals of Harry Wilson, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount on loan last season. Dowell is seen as a Mount replacement, but so far, he has struggled to fill the void left by the Chelsea player.
Dowell has started all five of Derby’s Championship games. But he has just one assist to his name, coming at Stoke City, and many at Pride Park feel he is currently too lightweight and ponderous on the ball.
The 21-year-old has time to improve. However, if he harbours hopes of a long-term future at Everton, he must start showing Premier League potential and so far he looks out of sorts at Championship level.
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