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West Ham: Unleash Downes vs Anderlecht

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West Ham United are again in motion in opposition to Anderlecht within the Europa Convention League this night, with David Moyes’ facet having shaken off their early season woes following an encouraging three-game profitable run in all competitions.

One other triumph on the London Stadium later right this moment would seemingly all however safe the Hammers’ place as group winners, having swept to three wins out of three within the competitors up to now, together with away in Belgium final week.

That 1-0 victory in opposition to the Professional League facet – wherein Gianluca Scamacca fired house late on – noticed summer season signing Flynn Downes take his probability on what was a uncommon outing for the 23-year-old this season, with the previous Swansea Metropolis man having been one thing of a bystander within the Premier League up to now.

The £12m addition has made simply two late cameo appearances within the high flight thus far, though illustrated his high quality on the European stage every week in the past, with journalist Josh Bunting stating that the teenager “provides one other dimension” for the Hammers on account of his “intelligence.”

The promising midfielder had impressed in opposition to Felice Mazzu’s facet having gained 100% of his aerial duels and gained eight of his 13 floor duels, providing an efficient display in entrance of the again 4 as he additionally made 5 tackles and two interceptions on the evening.

That glowing exhibiting noticed the 5 foot 8 machine obtain a formidable 7.5 match ranking, as per SofaScore, with that the joint-second highest amongst any of his teammates on the day, proving he’s greater than able to making the step up from life within the Championship.

There had even been requires the Englishman to function forward of teammate Tomas Soucek for Sunday’s assembly with newly-promoted Fulham, with The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas suggesting that the Czech Republic worldwide’s place within the facet was “in danger” on account of Downes’ kind.

Because it proved, nevertheless, it was Soucek who remained alongside skipper Declan Rice for that eventual overcome the Cottagers, albeit with the brand new addition having been considerably “unfortunate” to have missed out, in line with 90min’s Toby Cudworth, notably because the 6 foot 4 big went on to underwhelm.

Tonight’s encounter then supplies the boyhood Irons fan with the prospect to once more stake his declare for a extra outstanding position shifting ahead, with Moyes more likely to discover it laborious to disregard the teenager ought to he impress, regardless of the Scotman’s current name for endurance.

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