The November international break is a checkpoint which signals that we are roughly a third of the way through the season.
This is, in most cases, a long enough time for judgements to be made on the millions of pounds worth of summer signings.
Outside of the dodgy dealings going on at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Dowell could be considered the loan signing of the season in the Championship.
The 20-year-old has scored six goals and assisted three more in 12 league starts for Forest, and is central to the stylish football that Mark Warburton’s side are playing.
Dowell’s contributions have had a significant impact on Forest’s results. He has notched decisive goals in wins over Brentford, Sheffield United and Hull City.
His performance in scoring a hat-trick against the Tigers was as good as any seen in a Forest shirt for several years; flair and excitement with a clinical edge.
Forest should be grateful to have the Everton talent, and Dowell should be equally thankful to have been loaned to a manager who encourages youngsters to express themselves.
The only downside for the Tricky Trees is that it seems impossible for them to keep Dowell beyond this season, with Warburton admitting to the Nottingham Post that he is heading back to Everton.
Forest better enjoy Dowell while they can. On the evidence so far, they certainly will.