Leeds need Matthew Pennington to take inspiration from Everton teammate Kieran Dowell

Sam Winall of Derby County battles for the ball with Matthew Pennington of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on...

Leeds United defender Matthew Pennington needs to take inspiration from Everton teammate Kieran Dowell, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest.

Everton player Matthew Pennington in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

After a bright debut that was interrupted by injury, Leeds fans were optimistic that they had landed a gem by signing Matthew Pennington on loan from Everton in the summer.

Unfortunately, the centre-back has largely struggled to impress, with just one clean sheet coming in his five Championship appearances since his return from injury, and a couple of mistakes hinting that he is still getting up to speed in the second tier.

Sam Winall of Derby County battles for the ball with Matthew Pennington of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on...

But with Leeds currently enduring a torrid run of form, Thomas Christiansen desperately needs a number of his players to start enjoying a dramatic upturn in performances - and Pennington is one player who undoubtedly needs to step up.

So perhaps the 23-year-old should take some inspiration from the form of one of his Toffees teammates, who has simply been on fire in the Championship recently.

Kieran Dowell of Nottingham Forest shoots during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2017 in London, England.

Kieran Dowell has been an inspired signing for Nottingham Forest this term, scoring four and providing two assists in his last three appearances for Mark Warburton's side - including a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Hull City last month.

At the moment, it would be no surprise if the Toffees were hugely impressed by what they saw from Dowell and looked to get him in the first-team as quickly as possible upon his return as his form suggests that he is destined to play at the highest level.

Pennington meanwhile, has arguably done little to prove to his parent club that he can put pressure on the first-team's defenders - though they are hardly covering themselves in glory at the moment - and with a new manager potentially coming in at Goodison Park, impressing out on loan, as Dowell undoubtedly is, is surely vital. 

So while Christiansen will not be expecting Pennington start emulating what Dowell is doing on the pitch of course, he will be hoping that the defender uses the Forest loanee's form to inspire him to step up his own game and try and help Leeds get themselves back in the top six after a dreadful run. 

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