Nottingham Forest fans react to Kieran Dowell's first league start since signing from Everton

Junior Brown of Shrewsbury tackles Kieran Dowell of Nottingham Forest during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8,...

Dowell will spend the 2017-18 campaign on loan to Nottingham Forest from Everton.

Everton's Kieran Dowell made his first league start for Nottingham Forest as Mark Warburton's side suffered a 2-1 defeat at Barnsley on Tuesday.

Despite the setback, the Forest boss described the Reds' performance as their best of the campaign so far, having won each of their previous three outings.

Junior Brown of Shrewsbury tackles Kieran Dowell of Nottingham Forest during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8,...Kieran Dowell in action for Nottingham Forest

And Dowell's performance was particularly impressive, as far as may of those present at Oakwell are concerned, with some already believing him to be better than Zach Clough - the man he replaced in Warburton's eleven.

Here's what they've been saying on Twitter:

With Ross Barkley out of contract next summer, Everton will no doubt be keeping a keen eye on Dowell's progress at Forest, with the 19-year-old a potential heir to the England international.

And Dowell is sure to be encouraged by the progress of Mason Holgate, Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who've all enjoyed runs in Everton's first team following spells in the Football League.

Matty Pearson and Ryan Hedges scored either side of Daryl Murphy's equaliser for Forest to secure Barnsley's first points of the campaign.

Will Dowell's Nottingham Forest spell get him ready for Everton's first team?

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