Reports this morning suggest that Rafa is lining up a shock £10m deal for Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing. When I read this article I was in shock. The first question that raced to my mind was, “Why Stewart Downing of all people?” Downing is not exactly the worst left winger in the game but he is not world class. He may be young, being only 23 so maybe he will mature as time goes on.
I am not too sure about Downing at Liverpool. I have seen him play on a couple of occasions for Middlesbrough and for England and he impressed me on one or two occasions. I feel Downing would just be another average player at Liverpool and thus we should not pursue signing him. On the other hand; maybe Rafa is planning ahead for the proposed 6/5 rule which states that there have to be 6 English players in the starting line up for a team.