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Why Stewart Downing must stay

I was a bit surprised when I initially heard that there had been bids for Stewart Downing a few weeks ago or more. I thought it was all just paper talk and would not come to anything. After all, Downing had a great first half of the season, and although his form tailed off in the second half, that was largely down to Allardyce abandoning the successful diamond system and sticking Downing back out on the wing.

Even when we signed Payet I thought, we would still need a decent sized squad of players with the number of matches we have to play, and injuries, etc. When he is on form Downing can be the creative spark we need, and his left foot can be sublime. I personally think that Downing would thrive under Bilic, and I was therefore increasingly alarmed when these bids for his signature kept on coming, and then I read that we had accepted a bid from Middlesbro. Of course, this has not been confirmed by West Ham, and could just be more speculation from people supposedly “in the know”. I just hope that the club continue to see sense and keep Downing on the books, as I think they would regret it if they let him go.


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After the gloom, hope springs eternal

It is nearly Thursday and the gloom has lifted around westhamfan.net Towers after the loss last Saturday against Spurs. The heady aroma of optimism seeps back around the place after another leave of absence, and it is time to pick through the bones of the match carcase to see what juicy nuggets can be found. I think that the rage against the tactical ineptitude of the manager needs to be tempered with the fact that there were actually a few choice morsels to savour after the event.

After flattering to deceive so may times last season, Stewart Downing finally rediscovered the knack of how to cross a ball from the byline, and put in a mature and exciting performance that is long overdue. Instead of the tame, inaccurate, floating affairs so prevalent last season, he delivered crosses with pace, venom and unerring accuracy, of the kind that make you hold your breath in mid flight. I only hope this isn’t just a flash in the proverbial pan, and is a sign of exciting times ahead.

Another performance of note was the new boy, Cheikhou Kouyate, who put in a rabble-rousing shift with as much energy as a whirling dervish on speed. He was quite simply everywhere, a bundle of energy, passion and commitment that was a joy to behold. He nearly had a goal, courtesy of a whipped cross from Downing, and he is understandably already a firm favourite with the fans.

The left back position for the Hammers has been a bit iffy for a while now, with previous incumbents never quite fitting the bill, but I believe that Aaron Cresswell has the ability to make the position his own after an assured home debut. He defended well, but also contributed greatly up the other end of the pitch too, and I just hope he can keep clear of the treatment room as much as possible.

Finally, now that Enner Valencia has got himself fit enough to do himself justice in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League, I firmly believe that it won’t be too long before he usurps good old Carlton as head boy, and I just hope he manages to get a bit of support from the likes of Zarate or Nolan. Or anyone really. But that’s half the problem, isn’t it?