Why Stewart Downing is a better signing than Juan Mata
Stewart Downing is 26, has 244 appearances (all in the premiership) 26 goals (goals to game ratio 0.10). Although his goals ratio is 50% less to that of Mata, we must ask the question of which league Downing is playing. The premiership is the greatest league in the world, faster, stronger and more exciting than any of its rivals. Downing is a proven premiership player who has proven year in year out that he can perform at the highest level.
A versatile player who is happy on either wing, Downing’s crossing is excellent and he uses his pace and skill well down the flanks. He is Quick, incisive, accurate, a tricky winger to play against. While he may not have the Razamatz of Mata and in my opinion the over rated status because he is foreign, I for one was delighted to reading twitter on the evening of the 12/07/11 to see that LFC had agreed a fee for Downing, £20 million ? only £3 million more than Utd paid for Young, Downing had a longer contract and was voted AVFC player of the year, inflated yes but then all English players are, we would not get Mata for less than £15 million and I will gladly accept the £5million difference for the premiership experience and the fact that Downing is English.
I will leave you with one final thought:
Since August 2004 only 4 players have created more goal scoring opportunity than Downing: Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas and Giggs.
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