By Laura O’Leary
Mark Warburton has hinted that Kieran Dowell will return to Everton after his season-long loan at Nottingham Forest.
Dowell scored a hat-trick in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 victory over Hull last Saturday to earn his team all three points.
After the young midfielder’s vital contribution in the Hull victory, Warburton told BBC Sport; “It’s great to say ‘keep him’ but he’s an Everton player.
“We are delighted to have him. I think he is really enjoying the move and I hope Everton really benefit from the experience he is getting.
“But don’t lose sight of the fact that he is an Everton player, everything is geared towards his development.”
The 20-year-old is contracted to his parent club until June 2019; after signing a three-year-deal in 2016.
The youngster joined Everton’s academy at the age of seven before signing his first professional contract with the club in 2015.
After scoring three goals in his last game, the attacking midfielder has now scored five goals and grabbed one assist in the 17 appearance that he has made for Forest across all competitions this season.
Warburton was not the only person full of praise for the youngster after his display against Hull. Matt Davies of the Nottingham Post compared the hot prospect to Paul Gascoigne.
He said in his article about the Hull victory, “The 20-year-old is reminiscent of a young Paul Gascoigne when in full flow as he glides past players with surprising pace and strength.”
The English midfielder was also part of England’s U-20 World Cup winning squad last summer.
The midfielder has featured for Everton before his loan move to Nottingham Forest this season, having made his debut for the club in the Europa League in 2014.
Dowell also has two Premier League appearances to his name, first making a brief cameo as a sub in 2016 against Bournemouth before starting the final game of that season against Norwich City.
In other Everton news, Neville Southall has said who the Toffees are in need of after Koeman was axed.