By Nick Ware

1st May, 2021 | 12:06pm

2017 signing Josh Bowler set to exit Everton this summer

Everton will not offer Josh Bowler a new contract and he will be allowed to walk out of the club for free this summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Bowler, 22, joined the Blues from QPR in 2017 in the same transfer window as the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

But nearly four full seasons later the winger has yet to make his debut, instead being consigned to the Under-23s squad with his only taste of senior action coming out on loan at Hull City last season, where he made 28 Championship appearances.

Phil Kirkbride, Everton reporter for the Liverpool Echo, wrote: “A decision has, the ECHO understands, already been made on the future of Josh Bowler.

“Everton are not going to offer the Premier League 2 winner a new deal and he will leave the club this summer.

“A move to the Championship would seem most likely for Bowler.”

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Failed to fire in the first team

Bowler has not had the impact he or the club desired in the first team and ultimately both will be left feeling they didn’t get what they bargained for.

Fans won’t have had many glimpses of Bowler as he has not made a first-team appearance for Everton but he has made his mark in the younger age groups.

He helped the Blues win the Premier League 2 in 2018/19, leading Under-23s manager David Unsworth to call him “magic”. [Everton Official Website via TEAMtalk et al]

Even this season he has scored five goals and set two up in just six Premier League 2 outings. [Transfermarkt]

But he’ll depart without much fuss as Everton continue to revamp the youth sides, with Bowler now considered too old for the Under-23s and deemed not good enough to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded senior squad.

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