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West Ham midfielder impresses Lopetegui

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Julen Lopetegui is prepared to offer Flynn Downes an opportunity to revive his West Ham career by involving him in the Hammers’ pre-season training. Downes, a West Ham fan, is currently on loan at Championship club Southampton and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the division.

Reports now suggest that the Hammers are ready to give him a chance to impress upon his return to see if he can secure a spot in the first team. If Southampton succeed in their promotion bid, they might pursue a permanent deal for the midfielder.

In a recent Claret & Hugh exclusive, a top source at West Ham confirmed that Downes has a chance of re-joining the Hammers’ setup.

Southampton manager Russell Martin recently emphasised how essential Downes is to his team. If he does not return to West Ham this summer, the club may struggle to replace him. Martin has openly acknowledged how much the team misses Downes in his absence, saying:

“This team has missed him so much when he hasn’t played. We haven’t quite been able to replace him when he hasn’t played.

“I thought we all stepped up, and Joe Rothwell came on at Leeds and was brilliant when Flynn did go off the pitch.

“But Flynn is really important, and last weekend provided important minutes for him. He got through it, and now he’ll be good.”

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  • Rob says:

    Downes is clearly a better option (always was) than Phillips!

  • Ray Stewart’s Right Peg says:

    Not sure why we loaned him out in the first place. In the few games he played for us I thought he did more than ok. And as said, a far better option than Phillips.

  • ResultsMatter says:

    FourFourTwo just published its list of the “best” 50 Managers at the moment. While highly subjective, it is interesting to see what they think.

    1) Pep Guardiola (Man. City)
    2) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
    3) Xavi Alonso (Bayer Leverkusen)
    4) Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)
    5) Unay Emery (Aston Villa)
    6) Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
    7) Simone Inzaghi (Inter)
    8) Luis Enrique (PSG)
    9) Diego Simeone (At. Madrid)
    10) Julian Nagelsmann (Germany national team)

    Ruben Amorim (Sporting) comes in at 16th, Marco Silva (Fulham) at 37, David Moyes at 38. I don’t think they cover Managers who are unemployed.

  • Fisky says:

    If this is true then this is great news.
    I think he played really well for limited chances he was given and his a hammer fan and will want his club to do well instead of some over paid Man City bell end that was only interested in trying to get back in the England squad, didn’t give crap about us. Also it shows that the new manager isn’t a stubborn, arrogant, childish buffoon that signs people just to get rid of them. This is a great start (very positive) if it happens. We’ve got to get behind this new guy and give him a chance and hopefully he will prove a lot of us (me included) wrong. We can hate David Sullivan all day long but not our wonderful club! COYI’s⚒️⚒️⚒️⚒️

    • Shaun says:

      Agree 100% with every sentiment you said .. forget about things we have no control over … like ownership and focus on our team ⚒️⚒️

  • Bennyboy baker says:

    To think we loaned him out to Southampton and brought in Phillips that worked out well didn’t it Flynn is good enough to be a 1st team starter at any club so surely we should make the most of that he is not the only player loaned out. Thanks to mr moyes it may be that he didn’t rate Flynn and the others but it seemed a personal dislike was the reason behind it all so fingers crossed we will see Flynn back in claret and blue

  • Trevor says:


    Not now, not ever!

    His level is the Championship, not the Prem!

  • Tezzard says:

    Its hard to say if he is good enough for the premiership based on last season , he got virtually no minutes and when did was mostly out of position , surprise surprise .

    He’s performing well at the top end of the ecl so looks has improved somewhat, I believe he deserves a chance at wh.

  • Kip says:

    Should never hsve let him go …give him.time ..he will come good ..imo

  • Chris says:

    Downes never got a fair crack of the whip by the moyesaurus and i would rather see the Lad play or be on the Bench rather than that joker Phillips…..Kehrer return from his loan spell would be good as well

  • Eastendexile says:

    I thought with the limited chances he was given, he performed well and was always looking to get involved. Hope he gets a fair crack of the whip in pre season

  • Rob C says:

    The next Rice!

  • Patrick says:

    If Southampton get promoted and want Flynn he must be worth in excess of £20M with

  • Mark Wilson says:

    Stupid article, “might” come back !?!…. he’s our player, of course he’s coming back

  • Simon says:

    Now that makes wonderful sense.
    The way Moyes treated Downes is totally unacceptable.
    Yet Moyes saw Phillips as a perfect fit for the West Ham midfield. He did the same to poor Kraall.
    Hope Downes does get this change under the new manager, and that he impresses.

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