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Downing Departs

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Submitted by nevillenixon on Fri, 17/07/2015 - 10:35

Stewart Downing has joined his boyhood club Middlesbrough on a four year deal for a fee believed to be £5.5 Million, rising to as much as £8 Million should the Championship team attain promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Not a bad bit of business for both clubs, Downing is 31 years old next week, so to have recouped their initial outlay and remove a large earner of the books, Hammers seem to have done rather well. However Downing was one of West Ham's best players last season, particularly when used at the tip of the diamond formation, indeed Slaven Billic has stated that he did not want Downing to move, but understood the player's desire to return to his 'spiritual' home.
Middlesbrough have acquired a player at his peak, who will inspire his team mates, he will obviously be made captain by Aitor Karanka and should grace the Riverside for the rest of his playing career. How he gets on with the rough and tumble of the Championship is a matter of some conjecture, but he gave his all for West Ham, and deserves praise for putting up with some atrocious managerial formation decisions. All West Ham fans will wish him well, and if he helps get Middlesbrough promoted he will have added a couple of million pounds in to the transfer kitty! -Ed

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Bullyhammer's picture

Good deal for all involved; when a player wants to leave it's counter-productive to try to make him stay. I just hope we bring in an even better player to replace him. Good luck Stewart.

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Couldn't agree more Burkie BUT, I never thought he could shoot or cross a ball. Not sure he was England class either. decent enough player though I've no doubt. Not too upset he's off home.

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andycarrollstyle's picture

Be fair Burkie - he stagnated in the 2nd half of the season but the first half of the season under big Sam he played the best football of his career! Gutted to see him go but he's not getting younger and we got our money back so good deal all round

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and the reason is andy he played through the middle which to me is his natural position in a diamond then the dinosaur pushes him back out to the fringes, the pre-season atmosphere and anticipation all point to a recovery (i sound like that dick head in number 11) and good times ahead , i really believe that in 2 or 3 years we will look back on the nightmare that was the big Sam era with an air of incredulity

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Burkie 1

I agree with Burkie. He'll do well at Boro. Best wishes from Sydney Stewy. All we need is for Nolan to get dropped off in Newcastle and I'll be a happy camper.

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hammer1980's picture

has been an important element last season, but if that is his wish that's okay. Good deal for both clubs

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