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West Ham: Media rave over Downes display against FCSB

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West Ham United summer signing Flynn Downes has been praised by sections of the media after his brilliant display against FCSB on Thursday evening.

The Lowdown: Hammers fight back…

The Hammers made hard work of their 3-1 opening group game victory over FCSB in the UEFA Europa Conference League last night with David Moyes’ side having to fight back from a goal down.

Steaua took a shock first half lead, prompting a hat-trick of West Ham changes at half time with Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta and Jarrod Bowen all coming on for Manuel Lanzini, Said Benrahma and striker Gianluca Scamacca.

Moyes’ switch up paid dividends with the likes of Antonio and Bowen changing the complexion of the game.

Indeed, Bowen’s penalty, Emerson Palmieri’s strike and man of the match Antonio’s last minute effort clinched all three points for the Premier League side.

The Latest: Downes praised…

One player who put in a consistent, impressive showing for the entirety of West Ham’s 90 minutes was young summer acquisition Downes.

Members of the media were certainly quick to praise the midfielder, stating;

“Downes MOTM” – Euan Rourke, freelance journalist (via Twitter)

“Downes should start against Newcastle. Goodnight.” – Joshua Mbu, journalist for The Sun (via Twitter).

“Michail Antonio completely changed the game. The attack still doesn’t work without him. No place for Scamacca if Antonio is fit. Flynn Downes has looked like a good alternative to Soucek too.” – Tom Rennie, broadcaster for talkSPORT (via Twitter).

The Verdict: Huge potential…

Downes, despite his young age, looked assured and reliable next to superstar Declan Rice.

As backed by SofaScore, the Englishman finished West Ham’s win as one of their best-rated players with a 7.3/10 performance – completing 92% of his passes, making three tackles and winning an impressive 6/8 of his overall duels.

Going by his impressive outing, Irons supporters could be about to watch a player with real potential throughout 2022/2023.


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