Kieran Dowell will have ‘bad days’ as Mark Warburton says Zach Clough is pushing for his place at Nottingham Forest


Mark Warburton has warned Nottingham Forest fans not to expect too much from hat-trick hero Kieran Dowell after saying he will still have his “bad days”.

The midfielder, who is on a season-long loan from Everton, hit a fantastic treble against Hull City as Forest won 3-2 to move within a point of the Championship play-off places.

While Warburton was delighted with his performance, he was quick to point out the 20-year-old is still learning – and must remember he has plenty of competition for his place still from Zach Clough.

Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell with the match ball after scoring a hat trick in the 3-2 win

“I’ve no doubt Kieran will have dips. There will be bad days and good days,” Warburton said.

“That’s why Premier League clubs send players out on loan. I refer back to when Alex Pritchard came to Brentford from Tottenham.

“He played 44 of 46 games. That’s Kieran. He wants to play every game.

“People like Zach Clough are training so well every day. Zach is our player and he’s vying for that position so we’ve got competition.

“Kieran is learning every week. He’s understanding what it means to lose the ball, how you react and get back goal side.

“It’s the ugly side of the game which is so important. Clubs like Everton send their players out on loan to learn in a relentless division.”

Zach Clough in action for the Reds

Dowell is seen as a massive prospect having already helped England win the Under-20 World Cup this summer.

Their Under-17 counterparts matched them on Saturday by coming from 2-0 down to beat Spain 5-2.

Warburton is pleased with the level of talent coming through in this country and he is in no doubt Dowell – and other promising Premier League players – gain from going out on loan.

However, the former Rangers boss believes Dowell must not rest on his laurels as he continues to learn the game – and learn from his own mistakes.

“Players benefit enormously (from loan deals like Dowell’s). All credit to England and the job (FA technical director) Dan Ashworth is doing,” he said.

“It’s fantastic for the young age groups to show this quality. For Kieran, he has to show his quality every day in training.

“People like Zach Clough are snapping at his heels to get in there. Kieran has come here and he’s learning the ugly side of football with and without the ball.

“He’s benefiting from mixing with the players and how he deals with the ups and downs. He will have bad days at the office.

“That’s how you learn. He’s made mistakes in earlier games where we’ve been punished, but he learned.

“That’s the beauty of Kieran Dowell. He learns from mistakes and gets better.”



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