Everton’s Dowell says Ben Watson spoke highly of Marco Silva

Kieran Dowell (C) of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal from the penalty spot during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at...

Everton youngster Kieran Dowell is a former teammate of Nottingham Forest’s Ben Watson, who worked under Marco Silva at Watford.

Kieran Dowell of Nottingham Forest applauds fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Everton attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell has told The Liverpool Echo that his former Nottingham Forest teammate Ben Watson spoke highly of Marco Silva.

Former Watford boss Silva has been appointed the new Everton manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce from Goodison Park at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Dowell spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Forest from Everton and played alongside fellow midfielder Watson.

The 32-year-old midfielder moved to Forest in February 2018 after leaving Premier League club Watford, where he worked with Silva, who was in charge of the Hornets from the summer of 2017 until January 2018.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Dowell told The Liverpool Echo about Silva: “I have only heard good things about him. I was with Ben Watson at Nottingham Forest and he spoke really highly of the manager from his time at Watford.

“It is an exciting time for the club. He has always played attractive football and hopefully he can bring that to Everton.”

Craig Forsyth of Derby County and Ben Watson of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11,...

Impressing Marco Silva

Dowell spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Forest, and his performances for the Reds in the Championship were quite encouraging.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who earns £260,000 per year as salary according to Spotrac.com, scored nine goals and provided four assists in 31 league starts for Forest this past campaign.

The England Under-21 international will now be looking to impress new Everton manager Silva in pre-season and break into the Toffees’ team.

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