Stewart Downing To Play In The Centre When Fit?
There is a report in The Express today by John Wragg where Martin O'Neill suggests that Villa new boy and former Boro star Stewart Downing could switch to the centre when fit and compete with Gareth Barry for that berth in the England set up.
Our £12m man can, according to the Villa boss, play in a 'number of positions' explaining 'He can play wide left or wide right, he can play centrally and he can play off the strikers, which he has done many times for Middlesbrough.'
He also says he's had positive reports from Fabio Capello who enquired to the players progress recently. MON is sure if he plays centrally for Villa he could become a 'contender' for that spot in the England team as well.
Interesting, does this mean that is the position he has brought Downing in for? So when people ask when are we replacing Barry, have we already done so with Ashley Young and James Milner remaining in the wings?
MON also says that the players pin (in his broken foot) is removed in September and from there the medical staff can assess how long his recovery will be.