COMMENT By Richard Parks
Kieran Dowell is ambitious and talented.
The sort of combination that bodes well for the 20-year-old’s future in the professional game as he completes an excellent campaign in the Championship for Nottingham Forest.
Dowell is also an Everton player, a status that, by his own admission, is now in some doubt.
The playmaker has confessed that he is keen to go out on loan again next season if he is not in the first-team plans of his parent club.
“I’ll see what happens in the summer,” Dowell told the Nottingham Post, when asked about the possibility of a second season on loan at the City Ground. “Obviously, if I’m in Everton’s plans then I’d love it, but if not I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Should Dowell be loaned out until the summer of 2019, it would coincide with the end of his Everton contract.
The club hierarchy, led by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, should be stung into action by the comments of the latest of the many wonderfully talented young players in their ranks.
Dowell has featured 42 times for Forest this season and is their top scorer with 10 goals while also supplying a further five assists.
Those are the kind of numbers that demand respect, as well as a new and improved Everton contract.
It is abundantly clear that Dowell is destined to be a Premier League player for many years to come, but the question is, will that be at Everton?
He has come on in leaps and bounds at Forest this season, appearing in 37 of their 38 league fixtures and playing a hand in so many of their goals from his playmaker role.
Clearly, he doesn’t fancy sitting on the sidelines at Goodison next season when he could be a regular at a Championship club.
Who can blame him for that?
Certainly not Everton, who must use Dowell’s comments as a catalyst to tie him to a new deal.
In other Everton transfer news, the club want to sign a 6ft 5in ace who had Sane & Silva in his back pocket, £7.5million will seal the deal.