Flynn Downes made his first start for West Ham United tonight during our UEFA Europa Conference League clash with FCSB.
The Hammers signed the 23-year-old central midfielder from Swansea City in the summer transfer window for around £12 million (The Sun).
The West Ham fans have been patiently waiting to see Downes make a start for the club.
And tonight, we finally got to see the 23-year-old line up in David Moyes’s side from the start…
Flynn Downes impresses for West Ham vs FCSB
The ex-Swansea midfielder was a really calming influence in the middle of the park for the Hammers tonight.
He kept us ticking and moved the ball around at ease.
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.
Downes really laid down a marker with his performance tonight and he has given Moyes something to think about now.
Did the 23-year-old do enough to convince Moyes that he’s worthy of a starting spot ahead of Tomas Soucek? Only time will tell.
One thing’s for sure though, his performance for West Ham against FCSB tonight would have done him no harm at all.