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West Ham ace Flynn Downes is surely massively disillusioned with David Moyes


West Ham ace Flynn Downes is surely massively disillusioned with David Moyes

Flynn Downes must be wondering what on earth is going on after getting zero minutes for West Ham during our last two games.

That was after the 23-year-old performed brilliantly for the Hammers against FCSB in the UEFA Europa Conference League Group B opener.

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In fact, Downes was the standout performer for West Ham on the night.

The ex-Swansea midfielder was a really calming influence in the middle of the park for the Hammers against the Romanian side.

He kept us ticking and moved the ball around at ease.

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If I could make one criticism of Downes, it would be the fact that he rarely passed forward but that will come with more confidence and experience. And let’s be honest, that’s not really his job is it?

The Brentwood-born Hammer got stuck in, was tenacious in the tackle and provided a solid shield for our backline. He had plenty of energy as well – a prerequisite for anyone who plays for David Moyes.

After that performance, it seemed as though he was nailed on to start for West Ham the following week against Silkeborg. That didn’t prove to be the case though…

West Ham midfielder Flynn Downes must be disillusioned after David Moyes treatment

Not only did Moyes surprisingly choose not to start Downes against Silkeborg in Europe on Thursday night, but he also didn’t bring him on as a substitute either.

The Hammers fanbase was baffled at that decision but worse was to come.

Many thought that the only acceptable explanation for the 23-year-old not playing any part against Silkeborg was that Moyes had him pencilled in to start against Everton in place of the lacklustre Tomas Soucek.

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Amazingly, Downes didn’t start again at Goodison Park – in fact, he didn’t feature at all.

All of this after his brilliant display against FCSB. So seriously, what is David Moyes playing at?

If we’re asking that question of the West Ham manager, then Flynn Downs will be as well.

Moyes has already called out the ex-Swansea midfielder for not showing him enough in training.

It could be argued that the Scot quite simply puts too much faith in his favourites. He needs to change that, however, if he is to have any chance of guiding West Ham out of the mess that we’re currently in.

Flynn Downes just needs to keep working hard and his time will surely come. Moyes cannot leave him out again after yesterday’s shocking display against Everton. He can’t afford not to start the 23-year-old against Wolves in my opinion.

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