Everton boss Marco Silva has confirmed that he will hold talks with starlet Kieran Dowell in January about a potential loan move away from the club.

The 21-year old attacking midfielder, who spent last season on loan with Nottingham Forest in the Championship, has struggled for minutes so far this season.

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Dowell faces fierce competition within the Toffees’ attacking ranks, and after playing in Everton’s 4-0 friendly win against Gor Mahia at Goodison Park on Tuesday, the academy product voiced his frustrations.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Silva confirmed that he will have a discussion with Dowell about his short-term future. Silva said:

Of course, he’s played in the two Carabao Cup games but he hasn’t had a big chance in the Premier League but now is not the moment to decide something. When the moment arrives I will sit with the player, I will talk with him but you never know what will happen between now and January.

We are at the beginning of November and everything can change fast in football. If you look at our squad that started the season and the squad we have now, there is a big difference. And you never know what will happen between now and January.

Kieran is an important player for our club and if we have to decide something I will sit down with the player, we will wait until January and decide what will be the best solution, to stay or to go if he’s not playing because if he’s playing he will stay with us.

Dowell played 43 times for Forest last season in all competitions, scoring ten goals.