With Middlesbrough all but down now, it was only a matter of time before players from the North East club were linked with summer exits, wasn't it?
Well today sees, arguably Boro's best player (which isn't anything to be proud of), Stewart Downing being linked with a move to title chasing Liverpool. The 24-year old will apparently be the subject of a £12 million bid from the Merseyside club once the summer transfer window opens on July 1st.
Despite the fact Rafa Benitez' men have done particularly well this season to finish 2nd in the Premier League this season (well probably finish 2nd), many people still believe Liverpool need a top quality left-sided midfield player if they are to challenge Manchester United for the title in the years to come, which begs the question, why on earth are they going after Downing?
I'll be the first to admit, I really don't rate the England international. I never have. People say he is the best left-sided midfielder in the country. That's bollocks. At Boro he has achieved nothing and with the national side he has only had one or two decent performances but that's it. So although it may seem like an easy option for Liverpool to sign Downing, I think it just would be a massive waste of money.
What do you think? Comments below please.
Couldnt agree more, he is useless and has no skill. He deserves to be at boro end of story.
You'll be shocked wat a move to a big club can do to players... some players step up
Barely prem standard. There aren't too many players I rate below Riera but Downing is certainly one of them. Why don't they just get a decent winger or give Babel a chance to start some games?!
Ok lets do a comparisson of Riera vs Downing.
Pace - Same
Crossing - Downing Wins
Technical - Riera Wins
Free Kicks - Downing Wins (Aurelio probably gets the nod but)
Corners - Downing Wins
Goal Scoring - Downing Wins.
Now that being said anyone can see Downing had a miserable season on a poor team. But is everyone forgetting he scored 9 goals from midfield in the previous sesson only 2 less then Gerrard????
His stock is very low right now last year he could have fetched double the money. I think it is worth taking the risk.
Should we be so focused on left midfield i dont think so but it is not expensive for 12 mil.
Sometimes I wonder if RAFA is here to help because his decision making process in the summer is near insanity. Perhaps if he stopped wasting what 'limited' funds he has available on more squad fodder and focused on buying 1,2 or 3 QUALITY signings who would improve the 1st XI and not just the squad (reserves). WHY the continued pursuit of BARRY when CM is our strongest dept? At the expense of ALONSO - christ RAFA you're a genius and every LFC supporter must be crazy. SELL the crap you bought last year first, DOSSENA, DEGAN, VORONIN, ITANDJE, LETO etc... then buy us a diamond not more dust.