Just spent the morning with a Notts Forest season ticket holder and had a good chat about Dowell. He say he's improving all the time, decision-making is getting better and work-rate too, you can see the progression month by month. Fitness-wise looks a struggle to play a decent 90 minutes and he's still too lightweight and gets caught on the ball too often but you can see he has talent.
In his opinion he's nowhere near ready to play Premier League football and probably won't be at the end of this season. Another year on loan would do him the world of good whether it's at Forest or otherwise until he develops into a mans frame as he is still quite boyish in his physicality.
Bearing in mind we do still have a glut of players in that position even after we offload a few there's no need to integrate him into the first team squad until he's ready for it. Wouldn't be the first to have a couple of loan moves before establishing himself.