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Phillips Flop Paves Way for Downes Redemption


West Ham United’s January signing Kalvin Phillips has been a major disappointment, failing to live up to expectations and falling out of favour with manager David Moyes. This opens the door for a potential resurgence of Flynn Downes, who struggled to find his footing at West Ham last season but is currently thriving on loan at Southampton.

Flynn Downes returns?

Brought in to bolster West Ham’s midfield, Phillips’ time at the London Stadium has been a disaster. Error-prone performances and a lack of chemistry with the team have resulted in him being dropped and facing an uncertain future.

Meanwhile, Downes, who joined West Ham from Swansea last year, has been excelling on loan at Southampton. Playing a key role in their promotion push, he’s earned praise for his “monstrous” performances and energy in the midfield.

Downes’ statistics are impressive. He boasts a high pass completion rate, excels at recovering possession, and demonstrates a good work ethic. These qualities suggest he could be the solution to West Ham’s midfield woes.

With Phillips unlikely to stay, West Ham might not need to spend big on a replacement. Recalling Downes would be a cost-effective solution and provide him with a chance to prove himself after a difficult first stint at the club.

Downes’ strengths could complement the creativity of other West Ham midfielders like James Ward-Prowse. This combination could unlock a new level of play for the Hammers.

West Ham‘s midfield issues could be solved by giving a second chance to their own player, Flynn Downes. His impressive loan spell demonstrates his potential, and his return could be a shrewd move for the club.

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  • Danielson79 says:

    Always thought Flynn had similar qualities to Rice tbh. This is the perfect solution, it will cost nothing, he already knows the squad, he’s a West Ham fan and will give it all for the badge.

    On a side note, I know you need the advertising to pay for the upkeep of the site, but sometimes they make it impossible to read articles, the boxes cover the text and the pages are constantly jumping around as the ads change. Such a good page to follow but sometimes the ads make it impossible.

  • Hammeroo says:

    Agree with Danielson79 about the annoying advertising intrusion. Perhaps the ads could be repositioned?

    West Ham should welcome back Flynn Downes with open arms. He always gave his best and he wears the badge with pride. He is definitely a lot more for the Hammers than Phillips!
    In like Flynn!

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure that Flynn Downes ‘struggled to find his footing’
    It was more a case of Moyes not using him enough because he had Rice. I think Downes is a good player and deserves a decent run to prove his worth.

  • Ian . says:

    agree 100% on the. managers misuse of. Downes , as he tends to do. with. other players .
    also the adverts are now beginning to take over!!!

  • Ian. says:

    Sorry the adverts HAVE. taken over. what’s more they REFUSE to budge.

  • Anonymous says:

    Moyes puts creative players out wide and only dependable solid players central. He put Downes in at 10 to defend from the front, simply because he can run a bit.

    He’s done similar to Alvarez a few times recently, leaving Soucek or JWP as the defensive shield. Utterly dumb.

    Alvarez is a brilliant shield and should be paired with Paqueta and someone even more forward thinking than those 2. Like Kudus playing centrally. JWP and Soucek as backup and used in certain, more defensive, games.

    Downes would be a superb backup to Alvarez.

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