Kieran Dowell will be an 'amazing' player, says Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka

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Kieran Dowell will be an "amazing player" in the future, says Aitor Karanka — but he admitted he was mystified as to why the forward lost his mojo in the final months of the campaign at Nottingham Forest.

Dowell started his spell in the Championship with some impressive displays after joining Forest last summer, on a season-long loan from Everton — scoring eight goals under Mark Warburton and another, against Arsenal in the FA Cup, under the caretaker charge of Gary Brazil.

But Dowell's only goal for Forest under Karanka — albeit a significant one — came in the 2-0 win over Wolves, early in his tenure.

“The Championship is tough and he did start really well. I do not know what happened,” said Karanka. “I don't know if he started to feel pressure from other players who had signed, but he lost his confidence. He looked a different player.

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“But I am still sure that he will be an amazing player in the future, because he has everything. He is powerful, he has technique, he is a good kid.”

Dowell's immediate future will see him play a part in the England under-21 squad heading to the Toulon Tournament this summer.

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Ajay Gopal
1 Posted 26/05/2018 at 06:46:09
Yes, he fell off quite rapidly after the change in management. Hopefully he has a good tournament in France. He is another player who could flourish under a good technical manager. Waiting...
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 26/05/2018 at 07:52:13
Oh well, if he had a dip in form he’d better not come back to Everton. There are some fans who think once you pull on the shirt you should be impeccable every minute of every game. Inexperience is not an option!
John Crawley
3 Posted 26/05/2018 at 08:17:38
Interesting article here which touches on Dowell and his passing abilities which are of a similar type to De Bruyne. The lad needs nurturing and may take another year or two to fully develop.

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Jon Withey
4 Posted 26/05/2018 at 08:44:47
Always liked him – occasionally incredible – needs a decent coach – Koeman or Allardyce were no good for him.

Doesn't have much of a defensive game and can drift out of matches at times.

Maybe I'm impatient and he should be on loan again but I'd like to see him back at the club around seniors like Gylfi.

Tony Twist
5 Posted 26/05/2018 at 21:11:08
It will be extremely disappointing if he is not part of the first team set up. He made more of an impression than Barkley ever made on loan so should be on the bench this coming season with lots of play time – albeit not 90 mins.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 27/05/2018 at 11:05:09
Looks a far more technically gifted player than Davies, who just basically runs around and doesn't look to possess much football brain (where have we heard that before?).

The big test for Dowell would be doing it against top class opponents in the Premier League where time on the ball is minimal.

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