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Downes arrival may mean end of road for Hammer

By Hughie Southon

No complaints Moysie…your record when dipping into the Championship is usually spot on… with the exception of Mr Hugill of course!

And from the detail we have so far from one or two sources the new midfielder Flynn Downes is a 23 year old of incredible promise – quick, agile and strong in the tackle.

That he is born and bred in Essex and a Hammer since childhood is a serious bonus – perhaps the new Mark Noble has arrived!

However, as stated previously this would almost certainly seem to be the end of Conor Coventry’s hopes of breaking into the first team squad.

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And with Nayef Aguerd signed at central defence it seems the opportunities for the under 23s may well become more limited that ever.

I am sorry about that BUT NOT COMPLAINING! The manager and his coaching staff  see them all the time and I am sure if they were good enough they would get their chance.

In the meantime a big welcome from all at CandH Flynn – welcome home mate!

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Downes arrival may mean end of road for Hammer

  1. Yes welcome Flynn and well done Mr Moyes for a decisive transfer, as a Hammer Flynn you already know honest hard work will stand you well. For once I hope your analysis is wrong Hughie as I am a consistent advocate for our young players which includes the dedicated Conor.

  2. What I find hard to understand is David Moyes’s reluctance to use the Under 23’s at all. Surely 20 minutes from Perkins or Okoflex would have been worth a try rather than persevering with a clearly exhausted Antonio who needed a break. Longelo would have been a better as left back cover that Masuaku (but then so would my mum). Also, at times we had two goalkeepers on the bench where at least we could have given one of the younger players some experience of the match day atmosphere. Why would any decent youngster want to sign for West Ham when opportunities to show what they do are so rare. I hate to praise Liverpool but they are much better at developing their youth into the first team than West Ham. I acknowleldge, of course, that Rice and Johnson are products of the Acadamy, but surely using promising youngsters rather than journeyman pros who offer little is worth trying.

    • Spot on matey!!! No more mercenaries or gold plated sicknotes like Wilshire either! Develop the young players, don’t just assess them.

  3. I hope you are wrong Hugh but suspect you are right, I think Conor Coventry is a great young player, imho the Noble replacement, he is still improving as well, if we watch him at u23 international level, he is the best player in the team which is why he was selected for the full international team. That shows he has potential and can operate at the highest level. Wish that Moyes would give him a few games as a sub in our first team, even Dec when he started made some mistakes and it took him a while to establish himself, unless players get the games it’s hard for them to prove whether they can or can’t make it.

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