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Stewart Downing has emerged as the preferred choice to solve Rafa Benitez’s need for more width and will be the subject of a £12m bid by Liverpool at the end of the season.
Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon was also in the frame, but Benitez has switched focus to the left flank and Middlesbrough winger Downing, after being impressed by Dirk Kuyt’s impact on the right this season.
Benitez said: ‘Someone called him Mr Duracell, and that is a good description for him, because he is like the bunny in the advert. He is always on the go, always running.’
The Source: (Daily Mail)
Rafa already has a very good left winger in the form of Albert Riera and failing that they also have Ryan Babel who whilst he hasn’t come along as nicely as the fans would have hoped still has bags of potential. Stewart Downing is not as good as either of these players in my opinion and i am sure that the Liverpool boss will realise this before he goes ahead and bids for the Middlesbrough man.
I am of the opinion that Downing may well be the most overrated player in the top tier and isn’t strange how every season he is linked with a move to a big side he never leaves, now you could argue that the reason for this is that Steve Gibson refused to give in to a clubs demands or perhaps you could deduce that no club has actually gone as far as to make a serious and sustained attempt to purchase the England international? I know which of the two strands of thought i would opt for.
I am not saying he is useless but i am saying he isn’t good enough for a Champions League level side.
Downing to Liverpool: Not going to happen!