December 18, 2018, 05:34:12 PM

Author Topic: Kieran Dowell  (Read 27649 times)

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December 20, 2017, 07:52:46 PM
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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.


December 20, 2017, 10:59:42 PM
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That Barkley loan to Leeds was simply a terrible idea.

I can see why he went in theory, Moyes mentioned at the time he wanted him to get used to playing in front of big crowds with the pressure. The fly in the ointment was that their manager at the time was Neil Warnock.

January 08, 2018, 05:00:35 PM
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I know what you're saying @TheRam but to be fair the Morrison shout was a poor example.


January 09, 2018, 03:22:21 PM
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Back on subject

Be interesting to see what karanka does with him... He's quite a negative manger so could be a useful insight

If he improves his work-rate it'll be good for him. He's still referred to as quite a luxury player by the Forest fans as he goes missing a lot, so if he can turn the quiet periods into giving more without the ball then it'll stand him in good stead for the step up.

January 29, 2018, 07:07:23 PM
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Needs another season on loan judging by what a lot of Forest fans think. Wouldn't be averse to that, when you see how Davies rose and then fell back down to earth until he finds his level. It's a huge step up from U-23 football and only a tiny % manage it without some sort grounding at a level which bridges that gap first. 

February 01, 2018, 09:00:58 PM
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I think the second half of this season will tell us a lot about him too. With it being his first full one in the top flight if he tails off after a bright start then he probably needs another season to get up to speed with the demands of men's football. If he replicates his first half of the season it may show he's learning quickly both mentally and physically so it would give a different perspective on his progression.