Kieran Dowell thanks Everton fans and midfield star after Premier League debut

The teenage striker was brought on as a late substitute in the Toffees' 2-1 win over Bournemouth last Saturday.

Everton youngster Kieran Dowell has thanked the club's fans for their support as he made his Premier League debut last weekend, and also highlighted the mentor role Ross Barkley has played for him, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Dowell is widely regarded at Everton as one of the club's very best young talents, and he was given his first taste of top-flight football by Roberto Martinez when he was brought on as a late substitute in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

The 18-year-old forward only got around five minutes of action at the end of the match, but he admitted he had been feeling the nerves prior to the match after being named on the bench.

However, he revealed that the reception he got from the Goodison Park crowd whilst he was warming up and when he was brought on relaxed him and allowed him to enjoy his Premier League bow.

Dowell said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "Obviously there’s nerves, you are a bit anxious about what’s going to happen. But once I started warming up and the crowd gave me a good reception, it made it a lot easier for me. And the players helped as well.

"Any opportunity I get, it’s the people in the club you want to impress. I’m happy to be in and around the first team towards the end of the season and I’m trying to take any opportunity I will get."

Dowell also highlighted the role that his fellow Toffees' academy graduate and current England star Barkley played during the build-up to the match in case he was given his chance.

He added: "Ross Barkley has been through it and been on the same path I’m going through so he gave me a few little tips. He knows the score and knows how I feel, so he has been good with me."

Dowell will be hoping to get another chance to impress as his side travel to newly-crowned champions Leicester City tomorrow.

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