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foomanboro Posted on 15/05/2018 22:55
Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us
 
 
Could have been fondly remembered for his first stint and instead ruined his Boro legacy.

Like an ex girlfriend itís true what they say... never go back.
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gravy173 Posted on 15/05/2018 22:59

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
3 years of meh and 6 out of 10 performances, in the team as one of the three lone attacking players and people are happy he doesn't lose the ball despite creating nothing of note, a team trying to get promotion need goals and assists all over, how many of each does downing have over the last three years? If wed got him back on a free transfer or he wasn't an England international he could be forgiven but I can only remember the wolves game 2 and a half years ago where he won us a game single handedly.

It really hasn't worked out and we need to move away from this project as he really isn't going to win us games to get us up
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MaggieThatcherRules Posted on 15/05/2018 23:02

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Grow the fcuk up.

While Downing hasn't set the world alight he has been a solid player all season. This is his hometown and he is getting on. I'm sure he is certain it was the right move for him and to be honest even a 70% downing is far better than some of the other 5hite we have signed since he came back
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foomanboro Posted on 15/05/2018 23:04
Edited On: 15/05/2018 23:04
Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
You are deluded Maggie
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Fabios_porkpie_provider Posted on 15/05/2018 23:04

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Looking for scapegoats because you canít handle defeat. Pathetic.
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TheFair86 Posted on 15/05/2018 23:06

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Or could it be we just werenít an attacking team that he cane back to? He joined us off the back of a blinding season but was clear karanka didnít want him and he didnít fit his style of play. Fans have vilified him since.
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foomanboro Posted on 15/05/2018 23:08

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Not a scape goat, I have been consistent for last couple of years that Downing has not undelivered on his return. Read any of my past posts.

I was genuinely excited when he first came back thinking his experience would have the same impact Merson did when he joined us in this division.

I was wrong. He has been a massive let down.

I think it is you tha canít handle constructive criticism of golden boy.
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MoggasDog Posted on 15/05/2018 23:12

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
i still cant believe he isnt played as a central midfielder.

fat sam got the best out of him in the prem in the middle. he is wasted on the flanks.

im sure he regrets coming back. the fans cant wait to get at him. mind you, even before he left the first time the fans would get at him. i never understood it. hes a great player and always has been.
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dorivasmiddlefinger Posted on 15/05/2018 23:18

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
He's been vilified since he broke into the 1st team at 17. A lot of people have taken a severe dislike to Stewy. It will be a shame that he isn't spoken about with affection as most local players should.

However, since his homecoming he hasn't covered himself in glory either.
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MaggieThatcherRules Posted on 15/05/2018 23:20

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Fooman.


Explain how any part ofor my post would indicate im deluded
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MaggieThatcherRules Posted on 15/05/2018 23:27

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
I had this argument with has someone in february.

He was top of the gazette star men table.

Of course I expected a bit better. But think of the 5hite we havery bought. Downing is streets ahead of them. Even our bestaff signings of recent times. for many weeks earlier in the season he was one of our better players if not our best player.
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glover_elbow Posted on 15/05/2018 23:31
Edited On: 15/05/2018 23:33
Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Maggie how many goals and assists since he has returned. fýck sake ayala is more of an attacking threat. I would cancel the cýnts contract tomorrow
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MaggieThatcherRules Posted on 15/05/2018 23:39

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
That's just sysports bull5hit though. And from your username I'd guess you are of a similar age to me.

Stats canot be great. Stats can be 5hite.

Downing was regularly getting motm without actually scoring or having assets.

There's more to a game than putting the ball into the net and having assets.

Don't even know why I'm defending him tbh. Probadly cos even though he has underperformed he is streets ahead of every other option
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glover_elbow Posted on 15/05/2018 23:40

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
His brief is creative midfielder he simply hasn't done it.
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MaggieThatcherRules Posted on 15/05/2018 23:52

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Even the games he got str man in the gazette and several national newspapers?

Forgetting about them I've seen with my own eyes he has performed better than anyone could who we have in reserve and better than a lot of the starting 11.
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foomanboro Posted on 16/05/2018 07:22

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
No he wasnít he was just another poor midfielder in a poor squad.

Did he ever win player of the year for us since his return? Did he even come close? No. So how can he be one of our best players we have? Itís nonsense.

As someone said he was a consistent 6 out of 10 player with the occasional 7. Not good when your the highest paid player in the squad and possibly the league.
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parmoboy Posted on 16/05/2018 08:04

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
He had a decent spell this season when played out on the right, but even then he wasn't really contributing in terms of goals and assists. Ultimately he's been a disappointment since his return.
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Witcher Posted on 16/05/2018 08:08

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
waste of a team place as a winger but easily our most creative and mobile 'midfielder'

He should really be used as 1 of the 2 who push on in a midfield 3 with 2 out and out wide forwards/wingers either side
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LeeTublin Posted on 16/05/2018 09:10

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Like someone said we hoped he would be a Merson type signing all he does is flatter to decieve.
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anth25 Posted on 16/05/2018 09:18

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Saw a stat yesterday that he had created over 80 chances for teammates this season.

Over 20 more than the next best. But don't let that get in the way of your agenda guys
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Andy_The_Touch Posted on 16/05/2018 10:03

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
I have nothing against Downing as he has been one of best home grown players to serve the club throughout his spells.

The problem I have is that he is meant to be one the 3 attacking threats in our team, but can no longer beat a man or get the yard of space. Yes he keeps the ball but 9 times out of 10 it a safe pass backwards or sideways. We need more than that from that position in the team.

I do think he would be more suited to a central mid role in the team and would be far effective in games.

As a club we have spent maybe around the last 4 years with only one winger in our squad which has meant that we have had to resort to playing Downing on the wing, Although why Harrison hasn't been given more chances i don't know (Waste of time signing him given his playing time).
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Adi_Dem Posted on 16/05/2018 10:24

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Yet more anti-Downing bull. Came back and was a key member of the promotion team. One of our best performers in the PL. One of our best players this season. Creates numerous chances that aren't taken, rarely makes a bad decision let alone give the ball away. Yet somehow he is the problem.

FFS.
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DowningAlbion Posted on 16/05/2018 10:38
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Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Adi [^]

I see the Second Summer of Scapegoating Downing (by the Hard of Thinking) has begun...

FFS

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Muttley Posted on 16/05/2018 10:40

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Last night Downing was more productive and visible than either Besic or Howson.

It might be time that he drops to the bench but I don't think he has been "the problem"
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DowningAlbion Posted on 16/05/2018 11:02

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
if Traore hadn't finally emerged this season, Downing would be one of the contenders for Player of the Season alongside Ayala and Bamford
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Dribble Posted on 16/05/2018 11:16

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Really,more visible, hid most of the game,Besic and Howson were poor but both will have covered more ground than the statue that is Downing,the odd drop back to pick up a ball then play it sideways at the first sign of a tackle,no drive .Mediocre at best ,Snodgrass showed him how to play that role ,as horrible as he is , he was head and shoulders above Downing in both games
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riversideparmo Posted on 16/05/2018 14:08

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
'Downing would be one of the contenders for Player of the Season' [:D][:D][:D][:D]
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Heine Posted on 16/05/2018 14:15

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Bringing him back is one thing but giving him a 5 year contract is sectionable
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foomanboro Posted on 16/05/2018 14:37

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
He is not the only problem, but he one of them. And he is certainly not the solution.

When he joined he was lauded as going to walk this division. He clearly hasnít as one of the best paid.

People need to get their head out of the sand and realise his best days are long gone. He isnít going to get better and quite frankly he is holding the club back. We need to invest in the future not the past.
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go_nads Posted on 16/05/2018 15:23

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
No hatred or animosity towards a loyal club servant, but he isn't good enough anymore.

He hasn't contributed anywhere near enough the £16 million his transfer fee and wages amounts to.

Monk knew he wasn't good enough but didn't buy a suitable replacement and when his muddled plans didn't work out he was forced to turn to him, but as an offensive player in a unit with few offensive options, he has been more or less anonymous.
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Muttley Posted on 16/05/2018 15:27

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
"...his best days are long gone"

No shidt Sherlock, he's mid 30s of course they are long gone, if he was still in "his best days" he would be playing in the PL.
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bear66 Posted on 16/05/2018 15:27

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Until Fabio came on, Downing put in the only two decent crosses we had last night.
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sheriff_john_bunnell Posted on 16/05/2018 15:28

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
The problem is that he's a conservative slow paced player in a team of conservative slow paced players.
Outshone by the likes of adomah, tomlin and ramirez in recent years. Shame as i loved him first time round.
Perhaps he would have been better playing central with more to hit up front.
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foomanboro Posted on 16/05/2018 15:54

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Why cherry pick that one phrase out of context muttley. I have already explained he was brought in with the expectation he was still PL class 3 seasons ago. The 5 year contract he was given was a joke.
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MightyDuck Posted on 16/05/2018 16:00

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
If Fabio played LB instead of Friend, I think we would see much better from Downing.

I like Friend as a pro, but he isnít a very good technical footballer.
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Richyboro Posted on 16/05/2018 16:36

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Fooman totally agree, the money we spent (and wages) we could have had a good attacking winger.
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vuvuzelas Posted on 16/05/2018 17:15

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Theres no getting away from the fact that he has not contributed anywhere near enough going forward. He has been given far more opportunities than most playing as part if a front three. His goal and assist records are appalling. I wish it wasnt the case but his recent spell has been a disaster. I've heard dozens of excuses such as plsying under defensive minded managers, having to track back, covering for poor left backs but the common denominator is Downing. He's played under several managers and with different left backs and over a sustained time period he just hasnt delivered for a big money signing who is no doubt on a large wage.
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gramercy Posted on 16/05/2018 21:32
Edited On: 16/05/2018 22:24
Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and us

 
Whether itís a bad decision for ďusĒ is possibly debatable.
As to whether itís a bad decision for him. Sorry but no. He got a long term contract to play at his hometown club, where he could possibly see out most of his years playing at whatís still a fairly high level, for many tens of thousands of pounds a week.
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Tom579017 Posted on 17/05/2018 08:01

Downing coming back was a bad decision for him and uso

 
For the money he earns it's not worth it it that's not his fault, but he's been one of our more solid players this season and he will be a good squad player next season the criticism he gets is ridiculous sometimes.
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