By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Kieran Dowell has joined them on a season-long loan deal from Everton.
The Reds announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday morning that the 19-year-old attacker had agreed terms to a temporary switch to the Championship side, who have made considerable additions to their attack force this summer.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) August 3, 2017
Dowell joins strikers Daryl Murphy and Jason Cummings and fellow attack-minded winger Barrie McKay in being signed up by Mark Warburton ahead of the Championship season which kicks off when the Reds welcome newly-promoted Millwall to the East Midlands on Friday night.
Everton are well known for the high number of decent youngsters that have made their way through the academy in recent years, and Dowell is no exception.
The teenager was in top form as he helped the England Under-20s lifted the Under-20 World Cup title this summer as he featured in the final victory over Venezuela.
He has limited first-team experience to his name, but it’s likely that Ronald Koeman has seen this opportunity for Dowell to make a name for himself in a Championship side that appears to be making progress under Warburton’s leadership.
Football Insider Verdict
Dowell’s opportunities at Goodison Park this season will no doubt be few and far between given the number of new players that have been recruited by Koeman. At the age of 19, it’s a good time for Dowell to get a first-hand taste of men’s football and there aren’t many better places than at Nottingham Forest for him to do it. Much like the Everton boss, Warburton is keen on helping young players develop and there are some fantastic facilities at the Reds which will also help Dowell in his football education. Toffees supporters will no doubt be hoping that when the England youth international returns to Merseyside he will be handed the chance to impress in the senior squad.