Absolutely nothing surprising about what Dowell is doing at Forest. He's too good for that level. You could see at age 17, when he made his debut against Krasnodar, that he had the game mapped and that he was always one or two steps ahead of the defense. He may not have been particularly influential that night because we were so disjointed but all of the signs were there and he's only gotten better since. Mentally, he's the most exciting attacking prospect we've had since Rooney.
He's only out on loan to prove that he can cope with the physical side of the professional game in England. So far, so good.