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Calculus Posted on 10/02/2019 19:30
Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?
 
 
Disgraceful how a Boro legend is being treated in the twilight of an illustrious career.

He still offers more than chancers like Besic.

Gibson et al. Hang your heads in shame.
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coluka Posted on 10/02/2019 19:35

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
At least we know his FMTTM username though [:D]
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Calculus Posted on 10/02/2019 19:39

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Pass on my best wishes to the lad Coluka [^]

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Borotommo Posted on 10/02/2019 19:42

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
(MFC + SD) = 0

You work it out
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brattleboro Posted on 10/02/2019 19:45

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
because hes not very good[:D]
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Richyboro Posted on 10/02/2019 19:50

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Because he loves the club so much
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SilentProf Posted on 10/02/2019 20:02

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Should have been on instead of either Besic or Clayton. Those two with Mikel allowed Leeds to have a go at us more than they would have been able to with Downing on the pitch.
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r00fie1 Posted on 10/02/2019 20:05

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Stewy before Besic = [^]
He should stick to his existing contract - hes not going to get that money anywhere else at this stage of his career.
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Holgater Posted on 10/02/2019 20:06

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Because he is totally ineffective

The question should of been...

ďWhy isnít Tavernier in the squad?Ē
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Crookes Posted on 10/02/2019 21:07

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Understand why youíd leave him out if his contract is an issue but I have no idea why youíd put him on the bench with no intention to bring him on
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VerymuchITK Posted on 10/02/2019 21:19

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Simple for Downing. Stop holding the club to ransom for a deal we can no longer afford. Take the commitment to the extra year off the table and get back to helping your home town club achieve promotion. Sadly despite beiing a man who over time has earned lots of wages and signing on fees it seems he isnít prepared to relinquish his last pound of flesh so he must wallow in the stiffs for the remainder of the season - unless someone knows different?
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We_Will Posted on 10/02/2019 21:27

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
He cannot be less effective than Besic.
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Pinkers Posted on 10/02/2019 21:44

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Because Pulis is letting him know he doesn't need him, so Downing will waive his wage demands.
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Paytonsmullet Posted on 10/02/2019 21:46

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Because he offers nothing and is super slow due to you hanging out of him.
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emerson_ave Posted on 10/02/2019 23:36

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
He would have kept possession and used the ball far more intelligently than either Clayton or Besic did yesterday. there is nobody in the squad who is better than doing this in the latter stages of the game. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this issue it is unfortunate that he is not available to start and that the manager may chose not to use him as a substitute when he is the best available option.
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jonny_greenings_sock Posted on 11/02/2019 06:28

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
I would have brought Downing on, especially instead of Besic who is all over the place atm.

But we donít know how much his head and heart have gone out of it. Iím honestly not suggesting he is, but you donít want to bring on a totally unmotivated player for a rearguard action when thatís not his game at all to begin with.

Must be a very frustrating situation and wouldnít blame him if he didnít fancy it anymore; also donít blame TP if he only wants to use players who have a future / commitment to the club.

Like have said before Ė Downingís situation is no-oneís fault, itís just a reality of football and the quirk of a contract that was designed to incentivise an asset who if he gets the extension becomes, in the clubís eyes, a liability.
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festa5 Posted on 11/02/2019 07:51

Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
If his heads not right he shouldn't even be on the bench.

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AndyD13 Posted on 11/02/2019 12:04
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Why isnít Downing even coming on from the bench?

 
Absolutely nothing to do with his "head not being right". He will be advised to ensure that he is always available to play - likewise it will have been made crystal clear to Pulis to ensure that Downing is put on the bench to demonstrate that he is "involved" in the squad. This will all come down to a legal case similar to a constructive dismissal case and whether Downings lawyers can demonstrate that Boro are being unreasonable in their treatment of him and deliberately ensuring that his contract is not extended. I would guess that it will result in some form of compensation in the end. Im surprised that Downing is playing games with how he is seen in the eyes of the Boro fans in the future though - and is appearing very greedy.

The reasons above are also why he didnt play in the cup - as that would have given credence to the accusation that Boro are stifling the triggering of his extension by excluding him from the league starting line up.
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