Rational, but biased would be "Downing hasn't been good this year but there were moments of good and he's proven over his career to be very consistent. I expect next year for him to bounce back and be back to his usual ways."
You're suggesting he's been good this season, was a brilliant signing, and it's everyone's fault except Stewarts. You're also not even beginning to recognize he can't figure out how to beat a full back. He doesn't know how to wonder and find space. He doesn't know how to create match-up issues. He doesn't know how to cross the ball to an actual person. His set pieces have been dreadful. His shooting has been poor.
I find it even more amazing that you discredit Suarez while he's having to invent and create nearly everything. Every game he creates something, actually, several somethings. Downing typically gives us 1 decent chance per game. Suarez is supposed to be focused on scoring goals. Downing creating them. Suarez is left to do the job of 3-4 players.
35 premierleague games
20million ????? Seriously ????
Hes not young... hes not got a bag of potential he is 27 the prime of his career and he is just not good enough
I think you're right, he'll do well at Reading.
I think we all just have to accept the fact we were ripped off on this one.
Glad we didn't get A.Young though.
maybe you are blind
Don't talk to your dad like that!
Also where it is pretty much all that Downing does apart from the odd goal, the likes of Gerrard, Giggs, Lamps and Fabregas have much more to their game then him, these abilities include vision, passing, goals and skill all of which Downing does not really have. So if I looked at other stats containing Downing I would probably conclude that he is pretty one-dimensional.
Anymore insulting one another will result in infractions, so pack it in please.
Gerrhard and I disagree 100000% on Stewart Downing but typically agree 100000% on Aquilani and Meireles. Criminal that we actively tried to get rid of those two players.
Back on topic: I'd still sell Downing for £10-12m and look to spend that £10-12m on a wide player with more of an upside. I'd happily give Barcelona £8m for someone like Affelay for example. I also like Honda as a wide forward in stead of Downing but I have my reservations after his recent knee surgery.
He did well for Villa when in good form however I do not care about what he can do if he does not actually do it, he may have some good passing but most of the passing I have seen from him is woeful, that is of course if i actually watch football...
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