According to a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, Kieran Dowell has been frustrated by a lack of regular football at Everton this season. The 21-year-old came up through the ranks at the Premier League outfit and has since gone on to appear five times for the senior side at Goodison Park, albeit only two of those appearances have come so far this season.
And the midfielder has recently outlined that a lack of game time this term under Marco Silva has been ‘frustrating’, which are revelations that should be of keen interest to Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka, who must seek to lure the £2.7 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) back to the City Ground.
Ultimately, it was always likely that Dowell would struggle for regular football under new Everton boss Silva this season given the plethora of options available to the Toffees chief in the attacking ranks, which were bolstered even more during the summer following the arrival of Richarlison and Bernard.
And in failing to make the matchday squad in each of their last six Premier League games, and both of his appearances coming in their Carabao Cup run, it’s plainly obvious that the 21-year-old is down the pecking order at Goodison Park, and as such isn’t likely to earn many minutes between now and the end of the season.
And while the attacker has admitted that he is enjoying learning from those in the first team at Everton, one wonders whether another loan spell away from the club would do him good in aiding his development – and after his stint at Forest last season, that seems like the perfect destination.
The 21-year-old was excellent for the East Midlands giants on loan at the Championship side last time round, scoring nine goals and laying on four assists in 38 league games to help the Reds finish 17th in the second tier table, comfortably beating the drop.
And while his final few weeks at the club were far from ideal in failing to appear in each of their last six matches, Dowell can reflect upon a very impressive stint at the City Ground and one that will serve him well for the rest of his career – as such, it’s a move he should consider making again.
Forest may well have strengthened greatly in the attacking ranks over the summer to suggest that Karanka may not need Dowell or be able to guarantee him regular game time, but to have someone who impressed so greatly last term in the squad can only be of benefit to the Forest chief as he plots their return to the Premier League.
And with Dowell admitting his frustration at things at Everton, these revelations should prompt Karanka to bring the 21-year-old back to the City Ground come the New Year.
Forest fans… what do you think? Let us know!