Not similar. Sigurdsson has played enough football for Everton to make a reasonable judgment. Dowell, not so much.
Fair enough if you don't rate him but it's not similar.
Until Christmas is going to be a lot of head banging.
I think this is one of the issues for me -- I don't see Sigurdsson as being all that intelligent of a player.
I would have rather we burned £25m than made the deal we made.
I get what you're saying, I really do. And I respect what you say, which gives me heavy pause on Siggy, who I think has mostly suffered the weight of expectations and the difficulty settling into his role amidst all the personnel and drastic stylistic shifts. That's why I say "until Christmas" - I think that is a fair run, given how much we have invested and how much change there has been overall. You still have plenty of time to work with Gomes/Dowell afterwards, and can even try those two in Cup play if you like.
With Dowell, I just don't think he's fast or quick (maybe both, I have trouble putting my finger on which) to cut it at the Premiership level. I think his ceiling is "squad player." Readily admit I could easily be wrong, that is just my impression from what I have seen, which admittedly hasn't been that much (but does include some U20/21/23, forget which, international play).
The only sharp point of departure is football intelligence, which I think Siggy has in spades. I don't think he could have led Iceland as far as he did internationally without it, and I still see it in bursts with us. What I see more with him at Everton is more uncertainty, which I put down to confidence/change issues. Again, he can't have unlimited time to "get over it" but this is a transition season, and I think it's worth a run of games to really, really try.