‘Can’t get any worse’: Some Derby County fans agree with Phillip Cocu's Kieran Dowell assessment

Kieran Dowell of Derby County during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

Everton’s Kieran Dowell has come in for criticism at Derby County.

Derby County manager \ head coach Phillip Cocu during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

Derby County supporters have agreed with manager Phillip Cocu’s assessment of Kieran Dowell so far this season as the Dutchman believes the Everton midfielder has to improve on his recent displays.

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.

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.

Kieran Dowell of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Bristol City at Pride Park Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Derby, England.

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.

Kieran Dowell of Derby County during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

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