West Ham: £12m star now 'has got to convince Moyes' at London Stadium

West Ham United boss David Moyes watches on

West Ham United star Flynn Downes has ‘got to convince David Moyes’ that he is worthy of being given a chance to showcase his talent in the Premier League, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Downes was among a host of fresh faces to join the Hammers during the summer transfer window as the club forked out more than £160million on securing reinforcements.

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What’s the latest news involving Downes?

Downes made the switch to West Ham after a £12million deal was struck with Championship side Swansea City in July.

The east Londoners hijacked Crystal Palace’s move for the central midfielder after the Eagles initially thought they had won the race for his signature.

Downes revealed joining West Ham, the club he has supported all his life, was a ‘dream’ and his new boss, Moyes, was delighted to secure his services as he has ‘an awful lot of good attributes’.

Although the 23-year-old has found his opportunities limited in the Premier League, with him only making a late cameo appearance on the opening day of the season against Manchester City, he has made an impact in the Europa Conference League.

Downes earned a 7.3 match rating – via SofaScore – as West Ham overcame FCSB in their group stage opener at the London Stadium last week.

What has Dean Jones said about Downes?

Jones believes Downes will have to bide his time before becoming a regular starter in the Premier League as he headed to West Ham without any top flight experience.

The journalist feels the Hammers’ underwhelming start to the season, which has led to them currently being in the relegation zone, has also had an impact.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s got to convince David Moyes, first and foremost, that he’s worth that chance in the Premier League.

“It’s really tough to give him chances in the league because they didn’t start well. You can’t just start taking a chance on a player that you haven’t seen at a high enough level.”

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Who is standing between Downes and a regular starting berth?

Although Mark Noble retired in the summer and Alex Kral returned to Spartak Moscow after his season-long loan in east London, West Ham still have some good options in the centre of midfield.

Declan Rice was appointed as the Hammers’ new captain after Noble chose to hang up his boots and has made more than 200 appearances since coming through the ranks.

Tomas Soucek has shown that he can be a menace in the final third of the pitch by scoring 21 goals since joining West Ham and that, along with his work rate, has allowed him to nail down a role in the middle of the park.

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