David Moyes will now surely start 23-year-old West Ham man on Thursday after brilliant display vs FCSB - TBR View
The Hammers beat FCSB 3-1 on Thursday evening after going behind in the 34th minute.
Jarrod Bowen, Emerson Palmieri and Michail Antonio got on the scoresheet to hand Moyes’ men an important win in their opening Europa Conference League group stage game.
Downes was given his first start by the Scotsman since making the switch from Swansea City this summer.
And the 23-year-old certainly didn’t disappoint as he put in a brilliant display in the middle of the park.
The Englishman started alongside Declan Rice in central midfield over Tomas Soucek.
Downes put in an assured display as he looked comfortable in possession and linked up well with Rice.
The former Swansea man showed he has a brilliant engine and disrupted the Romanian outfit’s play all night.
Downes broke up play excellently and won the ball back for the Hammers efficiently.
His technical ability was also on display as he moved the ball forward and found his teammates with passes between the lines.
Moyes will now surely start Downes
UEFA have confirmed that West Ham’s game against Silkeborg on Thursday night is set to go ahead after Premier League games were postponed this weekend after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
And Downes should be handed another start by Moyes after an assured display on Thursday evening.
The midfielder will need to rack up as much first-team experience as possible this season. And the Europa Conference League is the perfect opportunity for Moyes to give him a chance.
Downes proved on Thursday that he could become a brilliant partner to Rice in the West Ham midfield.
And at just 23, the Hammers man has plenty of time to develop and become a top midfielder for Moyes.