There isn’t room for Flynn Downes and Conor Coventry at West Ham United.

The two Hammers midfielders perform pretty much identical roles and in my view, there is only enough room for one of them at the London Stadium.

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Downes joined West Ham from Swansea City in the summer transfer window for around £12 million (Sky Sports).

David Moyes has hardly played the 23-year-old though, opting instead to start Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in central midfield for the majority of games.

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The fact that he wasn’t given any minutes against either Silkeborg or Everton in West Ham’s last two games was quite simply mind-boggling.

And at the same time, Conor Coventry isn’t getting any game time either…

There isn’t enough room for Flynn Downes and Conor Coventry at West Ham

The 23-year-old signed from Swansea in the summer but has barely featured in the Claret and Blue.

Downes has been given just 118 minutes by David Moyes so far this season (Transfermarkt).

Meanwhile, Coventry has been given only 106 minutes (Transfermarkt).

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We can’t see both players being picked by Moyes at the same time under any circumstances. The Scot clearly favours Soucek alongside Rice, but he can use Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini in that role now as well.

Even Thilo Kehrer can be utilised there if need be.

It’s a shame but there is no way that both players will be at the London Stadium this time next year in my opinion.

There isn’t enough room for Flynn Downes and Conor Coventry at West Ham, that’s the simple truth of the matter.

And considering the fact that Downes has only just been signed, we believe that Coventry could depart the London Stadium either in January or next summer.

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