Downing’s revealing Twitter session

SDStewart Downing was today grilled by Hammers fans on twitter today when taking part in a question and answer session on @WHUFC_OFFICIAL.

And he reckons, the |Irons can reach Europe this season.

Among the questions he answered were:

 What do you prefer, playing as a winger or behind the strikers? 

SD: At the minute, the way the team’s playing, I prefer playing behind the strikers.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

SD: Nothing specific,not really before a game.

Who is your best mate in the West Ham squad?

SD: “I’m probably closest to Ginge as I knew him at Villa. Probably him.

 If you were to have one superpower what would it be and why?

SD: One superpower? Invisibility I reckon!

 What was your favourite game to be played in whilst playing for West Ham United?

SD: Liverpool at home. The atmosphere was the best since I’ve been here and the best performance too.

Many measure success by using stats re goals/assists – Do you concern yourself with that sort of thing?

SD: No, not really. You can set loads of chances up but if they don;t go in the net you don’t get the assist! Obviously I’d like to score more goals, but as long as I’m playing well and the team is I don’t think about it.

how much are you looking forward to playing at the Olympic stadium?

SD: Very much so. It’s a big part of why I came here and if we keep going the way we’re going we’ll head there in a good position.

if you hadn’t made it as a footballer what would your second career choice be?

SD: Probably something along the lines of coaching. I’d stay in football if I could.

who is the best full back you’ve come up against?

SD: In the Premier League I’d say Gary Neville. In Europe I’d go Dani Alves. He was at Seville when I was at Middlesbrough. He was really good.

where do you think we will finish this season?

SD: Realistically, I don’t see why we can’t aim for Europe if we carry on like how we’ve started.

Which person has been the biggest influence on your career ?

SD: Probably my dad. He brought me up, took me everywhere and was always behind me for support.

What do you make of Alex Song’s fashion?

SD: Questionable! He pulls it off quite well though It’s not something I’d wear but he looks quite good in it.

  Do you feel you deserved an England call up?

SD: It it went on performance I think there’s a few people at the club who think they deserve a chance. Realistically I’m not sure I’ll get picked but if I am I’d love to play.

 How does it feel the manager describing you as the best midfielder in the league currently? 

SD: It’s a great compliment, Maybe exaggerated a little! But as a player it gives you great confidence and I’m really enjoying playing right now.

 What has brought on the big turnaround in recent fortunes…new formations and/or new signings/Teddy Sherringham

SD: The formation is a big thing, because of the personnel we’ve brought it, so probably a combination of both The new players have settled quickly and the formation is working well


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called A Blogger on a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter