Hull City completed the signing of Everton midfielder Josh Bowler on a season-long loan deal in July 2019.
Raised in Chertsey, a town in Surrey on the right bank of the River Thames, Josh Bowler spent the formative years of his career playing for Fulham’s Academy before joining west London rivals Queens Park Rangers at the age of 14 in August 2013.
A naturally left-footed midfielder who can play on either flank or through the middle, Bowler impressed the R’s coaching staff as he progressed through the youth ranks at Loftus Road.
While a second-year scholar, Bowler was handed an 18-month professional contract in February 2017. He would go on to notch eight times in all competitions to end the campaign as the Under-18s’ top scorer before being handed his first-team debut when coming on as a second half substitute in QPR’s defeat away at Norwich City on the final day of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season.
And two months after his first taste of senior football, Bowler was on the move – joining Everton at the age of just 18 after the two clubs agreed an initial fee of £1.5million, which had the potential to rise to £4.25million with appearance-based clauses.
A left-footer with terrific close control, Bowler is at his most potent operating on the right and cutting infield. His pace, directness and ball-striking ability made the Surrey-born player one of the young Blues’ standout performers in the final months of his debut Everton season.
And after overcoming an injury which stalled the initial phase of his second term, Bowler quickly recaptured his best form, growing into one of Under-23 manager David Unsworth’s most valuable assets with five goals in 18 starts in all competitions.
The gifted forward crowned a personally excellent 2018/19 season by scoring the goal against Brighton & Hove Albion which sealed Everton Under-23s’ second Premier League 2 title success in three years, whilst also proving to be a key figure in the young Toffees’ Premier League Cup triumph, which completed an unprecedented double for Unsworth’s team.
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