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Boro Fan's Opinion On Downing To Villa

1) So, you surprised to see Stewart Downing leaving and how will his departure be viewed by Boro fans?

We have been expecting his departure for over 18 months now since the whole Spurs interest started back in 2007. The majority of the fans will be sad to see one of 'our own' move on, but we will also be very pleased that he has gone to a club that has real ambition to break into the top four in the coming seasons. A small minority of the Riverside faithful think that Downing's performances were lacklustre last season due to his inevitable departure, but I will back him all the way because, despite not being prolific in front of goal last season, he has given 100% for his club on and off the pitch.

2) Next time he returns to the Riverside (you'll be back?!) will he be clapped or booed?

Boro fans are not as fickle as other club fans. We can't moan because Downing's transfer fee will have a massive impact on the club's future. 12million will go along way, but hopefully we won't splash it all on a Brazilian flip-flop this time. The Boro fans will give him a warm welcome, no doubt.

3) Do you think 12m is a fair price or has his injury maybe knocked it down?

We know how valuable the lad is because we see him play week in week out. 12million is fair in my eyes because although he is a superb club player, he still hasn't cemented that England place so the price can't be too much. If he was a regular I would think the price would be a little higher. I'm sure I speak for most fans that 12million is a great deal for us.

4) What sort of player do you think Villa will be getting? Is he good enough to be an England regular?

Certainly not an overrated player like some North London club fans think. As I said in the first question, who will be getting a player that consistently puts 100% effort in. You will also get a player that has a great football brain. Keep a close eye on him because he hardly gives the ball away when he's in possession. As you know he has a lethal left foot. Although he didn't score any league goals last season I think he was up there with chances on target - who will get 10 goals out of him.

5) Do you think Boro will keep hold of Tuncay or will he be off as well? Seems the club are pretty set on keeping David Wheater?

Tuncay will be off as well. He is keen to remain in the Premier League and I think Martin O'Neill will put in an offer within the next week for him (sources tell me). We could lose our two best players within a few days, but we need to do it to move forward - Gibson and Lamb are slowly getting it right. We are very keen on keeping the Redcar Rock because he will be needed to get us back in the Premiership. He has so much passion and determination to succeed for Middlesbrough and it shows in every performance. He could be an England regular in a couple of years time.

6) What are your hopes for next season, do you expect to bounce straight back to the Premiership?

I want to see us win the Championship next season. If we can add a couple of experienced players to the squad and keep the likes of Huth, Wheater and O'Neil we should be right up there. I'll take any position as long as its 1st or second!

With thanks to UpTheBoro from www.middlesbrough.vitalfootball.co.uk




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 15 2009

Time: 3:34PM

Your Comments

Lost your two best players tell us about ! I wouldn't mind Tuncay and Wheater. Villaboro in reverse!
Villan57
Lost your two best players tell us about ! I wouldn't mind Tuncay and Wheater. Villaboro in reverse!
Villan57
go away Downing
ric112
go away Downing
ric112
I hope there is some mileage in the Tuncay story, he would deffo offer us something different to what we already have.
Sheriff Kimbo
I hope there is some mileage in the Tuncay story, he would deffo offer us something different to what we already have.
Sheriff Kimbo
Chuffed with the potential Downing signing. Name me a better left winger (and dont say injury prone J Cole FFS)
medzy
Chuffed with the potential Downing signing. Name me a better left winger (and dont say injury prone J Cole FFS)
medzy
erm, ashley young haha
ric112
erm, ashley young haha
ric112
strange transfer considering his fitness problem!
merlin
strange transfer considering his fitness problem!
merlin
Not as good as Barry but Downing will bring his own skill sets to the team, if the chemistry is right with other players we might have a better midfield. (Particularly if we throw Tuncay into the mix!)
Saurat
Not as good as Barry but Downing will bring his own skill sets to the team, if the chemistry is right with other players we might have a better midfield. (Particularly if we throw Tuncay into the mix!)
Saurat
Good signing for you guys. Im sure he will slot into Barry's position.
Real Deal
Good signing for you guys. Im sure he will slot into Barry's position.
Real Deal
Tuncay? 4 goals is 33 appearances? Rubbish!! Why does everyone seem so keen on him?? I'd rather have Heskey, and thats saying something! ;-)
Bobby Norman
Tuncay? 4 goals is 33 appearances? Rubbish!! Why does everyone seem so keen on him?? I'd rather have Heskey, and thats saying something! ;-)
Bobby Norman
Tuncay is actually a very good player. A secound striker, that creates and works hard. I saw him play live twice last season at the Riverside and the lane, underrated player if anything.
Real Deal
Tuncay is actually a very good player. A secound striker, that creates and works hard. I saw him play live twice last season at the Riverside and the lane, underrated player if anything.
Real Deal
"... will he be clapped or booed?" Presumably you meant by the Boro fans, Fear, but don't rule out our own lot booing Villa players ...
BobTheBuilder
"... will he be clapped or booed?" Presumably you meant by the Boro fans, Fear, but don't rule out our own lot booing Villa players ...
BobTheBuilder
lol, don't say that BobTheBuilder... gulp!
The Fear
lol, don't say that BobTheBuilder... gulp!
The Fear
12 million quid for a Brazilian Flip-Flop? Just spend 6 million on a Flop.
col8
12 million quid for a Brazilian Flip-Flop? Just spend 6 million on a Flop.
col8
I'd be delighted if we could secure the services of Tuncay. Looks a genuine quality performer to me. although admittedly I've only seen him a handful of times, including just twice last season. He would offer us types of options and alternatives that quite simply we dont have at the club right now. As for the Stewart Downing signing, very good piece of business by Mr O'Neill, and we've got him at a very fair and realistic price too.
glensider
I'd be delighted if we could secure the services of Tuncay. Looks a genuine quality performer to me. although admittedly I've only seen him a handful of times, including just twice last season. He would offer us types of options and alternatives that quite simply we dont have at the club right now. As for the Stewart Downing signing, very good piece of business by Mr O'Neill, and we've got him at a very fair and realistic price too.
glensider
 

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