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Kieran Dowell proving Everton's next success story

Monday 30th October 2017
Everton football club has a good reputation in youth development, both past and present. It is now time for the next wave of youngsters to shine. We take a look at one who's already showing real promise: Kieran Dowell.  

Francis Jeffers, Wayne Rooney, and most recently Ross Barkley are all success stories produced by Everton's youth system. Previously, however, the club's brightest prospects have moved on to bigger and better things. So what becomes of Kieran Dowell at Goodison Park?

At only 20 years old, Mr Dowell is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest. He is deployed as an energetic second striker under Mark Warburton, the club's manager. Training and playing alongside the experienced frontman, Daryl Murphy, who has six league goals this campaign, will ensure that the youngster learns a great deal. It is already paying off.

Up to now this season, Dowell has found the net 5 times in 14 league appearances, including Saturday's three goals against Hull City. Scoring a hat-trick for the first time in his professional career saw him pick up the man of the match award. The Lancashire-born player helped secure all three points for Forest to push them up to 11th in the Championship table.
Dowell's future looks bright. He has become a fan favourite at his temporary club. With more Toffees supporters learning about their next success story each passing day, he is sure to endear himself to Evertonians in the same way.

Not only is Dowell a regular starter for a big second-tier club, he also recently won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with England. He was ever-present throughout the triumph, which was the Three Lions' first global trophy since 1966.

The young prodigy has the potential to forge a successful career. He will be pushing to feature regularly in the Premier League over next few years. Can he make the breakthrough at Everton?

Dowell doesn't have to look far for inspiration. Everton has an admirable youth set-up, recruiting players to work, learn, and grow together. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman are recent examples, signed from Sheffield United and Charlton Athletic respectively.

With eight Premier League appearances already under his belt, Dowell realises it's possible to earn opportunities at the highest level. For now, though, he must continue putting in good performances for Nottingham Forest until his time comes to flourish at Everton.

It may seem premature to suggest Dowell is on the verge of becoming an Everton regular; however, the Merseysiders main man, Wayne Rooney, is now 32 years old. The former England international won't hold down his first team spot, every week, for many more seasons. He will retire, eventually, paving the way for the next generation to take his place. The Toffees would be foolish not to consider turning to youth, as they can't afford to ignore a player of Dowell's quality.
There is an abundance of talented youngsters playing in England's professional leagues. Marcus Rashford is among the Premier League's standouts. Although Everton's rising star is yet to reach the heights set by the Manchester United man, Kieran Dowell is a name to remember in the future.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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