Liverpool FC has been in the news quite regularly over the last few weeks. This is due to the actions of their star striker Luis Suarez. Now the club have seen the departure of England midfielder Stewart Downing as well.
The 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal with West Ham United. Throughout his two year stint with the Reds, Downing scored seven goals and had a total of 91 appearances for the club.
Downing will be joining a Hammers side that has been quite busy throughout this summer transfer window. Downing's arrival marks the club's fifth signing.
I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for Downing to further improve his game. Plus, it's very likely that he'll be given a lot more chances to play. Also, he'll be an excellent leader to the younger players on the squad, and will use his experience to help them improve their skills.
Downing will also be reunited with former teammates Joe Cole, James Collins and Andy Carroll. Clearly, this was a strategic signing for West Ham United, and the experience all these players have playing with each other will certainly lead to success.
It won't take long for Downing to have a positive impact at Upton Park. He's already played several pre-season matches with Liverpool, which is a huge bonus as well.
For Liverpool, Downing will be tough to replace. However, this move does open up more opportunities for their younger players to gain some experience.
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