‘They have suited me down to the ground’ – Why Nottingham Forest loan move has been perfect for Everton’s Kieran Dowell


Kieran Dowell says Nottingham Forest has been the perfect loan move.

The 20-year-old is on loan at the City Ground from Everton, and has made a great start to the season for the Reds in the Championship.

He has figured in all 16 of their league games so far, playing a key role in helping them to ninth place in the table – just two points outside the top six.

Dowell is Forest’s joint top scorer in the Championship so far this campaign alongside striker Daryl Murphy, with six goals, including a hat-trick against Hull City last month.

And he says he is loving every minute of his loan at the club.

“When you don’t see an instant route into the first team, going out on loan is the next best thing,” said Dowell, who is currently on international duty with England Under-21s.

Kieran Dowell celebrates scoring for Forest against QPR

“I think credit goes to Everton and everyone involved that I have come to Forest because they have suited me down to the ground, with the way we (Everton) like to play and the way they (Forest) like to play.

“It’s my first experience in professional football. There are a lot of games and it’s been full on. I think I’ve grown up a lot in the small time I’ve been there so far.

“I definitely feel like I’ve improved. Learning more of the know-how of the game has helped me, you only get that from experience, so I am grateful for the amount of games I have played and hopefully I can play a lot more.

Kieran Dowell with the match ball after scoring a hat trick against Hull

“I’m really pleased, I’ve settled in really well and it’s been quality. We play some really good football, it’s a great team, there’s great staff and it’s a really good club.

“I think for the past month or so, we have started to click and might not have got the results at one point and then all of a sudden, we have been getting the goals, the ball has been dropping for us in the box.”



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