The young winger was one of the Finch Farm academy products that Evertonians were most looking forward to seeing get an opportunity in Ronald Koeman's first-team this season, particularly after he scored two "pearlers" in pre-season.
The Dutchman didn't feel he was ready to play regularly at the top level and Dowell was farmed out to the Championship with Forest instead.
Dowell was introduced with an hour gone and his new team a goal to the good thanks to Barrie McKay's first-half strike and he came within a whisker of doubling the lead late on with a trademark effort from distance that flew just wide.
Forest fans on Twitter were purring about their new acquisition, predicting big things for him:
Jesus christ. Kieran Dowell was the best player on the pitch when he came on. Him, Mckay and Clough will be quality this season in mid #nffc— Josh (@ClassyClough) August 4, 2017
Dowell MUST start every game he's a class above!! #NFFC— NorthWestRed (@red_till_death) August 4, 2017
Well #nffc have got themselves an absolute gem in Dowell. Really thought he had a part to play in the first team this year though...— Michael De Asha (@MichaelDeAsha) August 1, 2017
Kieran dowell is a class act #nffc— @forest4eversteve (@biltonsteve) August 4, 2017
What a player Dowell is, unbelievable vision and composure so far #nffc— Sam (@ClinicalCumdog) August 4, 2017