By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest are close to completing a deal to land Everton youngster Kieran Dowell on loan, according to a report.
The Nottingham Post claims that the 19-year-old is expected to hook up with the Championship on Wednesday in a deal that will keep him at the City Ground for the entirety of the upcoming season.
It is understood that the attacker will be in line to face Millwall on the opening day of the season this Friday night, further adding to manager Mark Warburton’s fire power with the East Midlands giants.
Dowell is one of the highest-rated teenagers to have made his way through the Everton youth set-up in recent years and he was part of the England squad that lifted the Under-20 World Cup this summer.
His expected switch to Forest will be the first time he has moved away from Merseyside and it’s clear that the attacking midfielder will earn a host of great experience at the City Ground should he get the opportunity to shine in the senior squad.
The England youth international has three appearances in the Everton first-team to his name, with his last coming against Norwich in May 2016 when he started in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park.
Football Insider Verdict
Dowell has had a fantastic summer and his profile at Everton has certainly raised after helping the England Under-20’s lift the World Cup. He looks destined for great things and this stint at Nottingham Forest could really see him push on and show Ronald Koeman that he has what it takes to earn a spot in the first-team. The Dutch manager has a good track record for using academy players in his senior squad, but the amount of signings this summer will certainly have pushed a few back down the pecking order. Dowell probably wouldn’t have played at all for the Toffees in the upcoming campaign but once he’s back from the City Ground next year he could give Koeman something to consider.
In other Everton news, this Toffees ace has named a West Ham first-teamer as his role model.