Let’s hope Everton can’t recall Kieran Dowell from Nottingham Forest loan – Kenny Burns


Let’s hope there’s no recall clause in Kieran Dowell’s season-long loan to Nottingham Forest from Everton.

I’m not just saying that because the lad scored a hat-trick in the win at Hull, I’ve been impressed with him in pretty much every match I’ve seen him play for the Reds so far this season.

I was impressed when he came on in the first match of the season against Millwall, and, like everyone else, I was very impressed with his performance against the Tigers.

Talk about returning with a bang!

Back in the side after starting on the bench against Burton Albion, he took his chance.

His first goal was great, as he got on the ball just inside Hull’s half and burst forward and showed great composure to keep going before smashing an unstoppable shot into the net from around 25 yards.

Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell celebrates firing in to make it 1-0

Then he scored with a superb sidefooted shot from inside the box before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot, once again showing good composure to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and bury the ball into the bottom-right corner.

That’s five goals in 17 games now, which is a great return from a midfielder.

He arrived at the City Ground with a good reputation, after winning the Under-20 World Cup with England in the summer, and he’s lived up to it so far.

If Everton fans were unhappy to see him leave Goodison Park for Forest in August, I bet a few of them will be livid now, after seeing how well he’s doing – albeit in the Championship – while they struggle in the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman sacked, in the bottom three in the table, you suspect there will be big changes when the new manager takes charge of Everton.

And that’s why I hope they can’t recall Dowell when the transfer window opens in January.

Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell celebrates his second goal to make it 2-0

Even if they could call him back to Goodison Park, I’m not sure they would because it looks like they will be in a relegation scrap, and throwing a young kid into that would not be the best idea, no matter how talented they are.

They will surely want experienced players to get them out of the hole they are in right now.

But I just hope they don’t even have the option of taking him back to bolster their squad because it would be a blow to Forest.

Mark Warburton clearly sees him playing a big part for the Reds this season because he’s one of only three players to have figured in every league match so far, with Jordan Smith and Ben Osborn being the other two.

That just shows how important he is to Warburton’s plans – and you can’t see that changing.

He will almost certainly start the next match at Reading on Tuesday night, after his hat-trick heroics at Hull.

Nottingham Forest’s Kieran Dowell celebrates scoring his third goal from the penalty spot during the 3-2 win

And if he keeps producing those kind of goalscoring, match-winning, performances in a red shirt he will surely play a lot more games, so long he stays at the City Ground until May.

We saw some shocking loan signings at the City Ground last season – not made by Warburton –like Joao Teixeira who arrived in January and never played a single game for the first team before leaving.

And then you see other loan signings made at clubs just to bolster numbers.

But Dowell is different. He’s come in to be a key part of the squad, of the team, and he’s made an impressive impact.

I don’t think we should expect him to be as good as he was against Hull in every match, because that’s impossible for any player, let alone a 20-year-old.

But he must be up there as one of the best loan signings made in the Championship this season.

I know I’m probably biased because he’s playing for Forest, but I’m sure there will be a lot of other people who think that way too.



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