The Lowdown: Downes impresses…
The barely-seen gem was one of eight major summer signings in east London with Downes completing a move to West Ham alongside Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer, Emerson and club record star Lucas Paqueta.
Perhaps a lower profile addition by manager David Moyes, the Englishman has played just one league minute but did manage to impress in his sole start for the club against FCSB in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Despite a brilliant outing against Steaua in West Ham’s 3-1 win, Jones claims it could be a while before Downes is playing regular top flight football in east London.
The Latest: Jones makes Downes claim…
Speaking to GiveMeSport, the reporter claims he has ‘got to convince’ Moyes due to his lack of top level experience – calling it a ‘tough’ situation for the midfielder.
“He’s got to convince David Moyes, first and foremost, that he’s worth that chance in the Premier League.
“It’s really tough to give him chances in the league because they didn’t start well. You can’t just start taking a chance on a player that you haven’t seen at a high enough level.”
The Verdict: Worth the risk?
Downes provided a glimpse of his real quality against FCSB, finishing the night as one of West Ham’s standout performers with a solid 7.3/10 match rating (SofaScore).
The former Swansea City star, called ‘incredible’ by his ex-head coach Russell Martin, won 6/8 of his ground duels against the Romanians whilst completing 91% of his passes and finding three key passes in the final third (SofaScore).
If West Ham continue to underperform domestically, Moyes may have a capable rising star waiting in the wings.
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