On Friday 15th of July 2011 it was announced that Stewart Downing had completed his long awaited move to Liverpool Football Club. It has to be said that this signing has been somewhat underwhelming for most Liverpool fans, especially with the suggested price tag of £20 million. Although Stewart Downing may not be player that will set the world alight, he still has a lot to offer Liverpool. Also being a left-footed wide player he is something Liverpool have been missing for a long, long time.
Stewart Downing started life in Middlesbrough on the 22nd of July 1984. In 2001 he moved up from the Middlesbrough Academy to the first team at the age of 17 and made his debut a year later against Ipswich Town. He went on to spend the 03/04 season on loan but was recalled after Bolo Zenden suffered an injury. He went on to make 181 appearances and scored 17 league goals during his time at Middlesbrough. In 2009 he made £10 million move to Aston Villa to become then manager Martin O’Neill’s first summer signing. During his time at Villa Park, Stewart made 63 appearances and scored 9 league goals. So let’s look at why he was Aston Villa’s player of the season last year.
This article was originally posted on AnfieldIndex.com and has been reproduced with permission from the website and original author Chris Vermeulen.
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