Kieran Dowell will be an "amazing player" in the future, says Aitor Karanka — but he admitted he was mystified as to why the forward lost his mojo in the final months of the campaign at Nottingham Forest.
Dowell started his spell in the Championship with some impressive displays after joining Forest last summer, on a season-long loan from Everton — scoring eight goals under Mark Warburton and another, against Arsenal in the FA Cup, under the caretaker charge of Gary Brazil.
But Dowell's only goal for Forest under Karanka — albeit a significant one — came in the 2-0 win over Wolves, early in his tenure.
“The Championship is tough and he did start really well. I do not know what happened,” said Karanka. “I don't know if he started to feel pressure from other players who had signed, but he lost his confidence. He looked a different player.
“But I am still sure that he will be an amazing player in the future, because he has everything. He is powerful, he has technique, he is a good kid.”
Dowell's immediate future will see him play a part in the England under-21 squad heading to the Toulon Tournament this summer.
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