Flynn Downes was absolutely sensational for West Ham United against Derby County in the FA Cup tonight, and he made David Moyes look like a fool.

The 24-year-old Hammers midfielder oozed class against Derby at Pride Park, and totally dominated the middle of the park.

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Downes’ performance begged a huge question though – why on earth has he not played more for West Ham this season?

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I have continually highlighted why David Moyes should have played the hard-working central midfielder regularly this season.

Downes joined the Hammers from Swansea City for around £14 million in the summer transfer window (Wales Online).

However, Moyes has given the midfielder just 763 minutes of action this season, with only 283 of those coming in the Premier League (Transfermarkt).

What makes that even more baffling is the fact that every single time the ex-Swansea man has played, he has seriously impressed. And it was more of the same tonight…

Flynn Downes sensational for West Ham against Derby

The Brentwood-born ace was absolutely brilliant at Pride Park tonight. What a player he is.

The 24-year-old is streets ahead of Tomas Soucek in every single department, apart from in the air.

Downes is an archetypal defensive midfielder. He is absolutely brilliant at breaking up play and quickly moving the ball on – something that enables us to get up the pitch so much faster in transition.

Flynn Downes sensational for West Ham against Derby
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He is tenacious, aggressive and has a really impressive engine on him. The midfielder is perfectly built for the modern game, but he’s far from a one-trick physical pony.

Downes is a very good passer of the football and possesses impressive technical ability.

The former Swansea City ace has energy in abundance and has all the attributes that West Ham are currently lacking in the middle of the park.

He really should be playing every single week in my opinion. And his performance for West Ham against Derby County tonight will surely send a very strong message to David Moyes.

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