Stewart Downing (Midfielder)
22nd Jul 1984 (Middlesbrough, England)Signed:
13th Aug 2013 (£6,000,000)Contract:
4 year contractPrevious Club:
Best Signing (runner-up) 2013/14; Most Improved Player 2014/15, Most Missed (third place) 2015/16.
Having made his name at Middlesbrough, Downing left Teeside for the first time in his career in 2009 when he joined Aston Villa following Middlesbrough's relegation from the Premier League in a £12million deal (£10million + add-ons).
Two years later, having become something of an England regular, Downing was lured to Anfield for an undisclosed fee widely thought to be worth around £20million.
However it was a fee that was to hang heavy upon his shoulders and a disappointing first season on Merseyside saw Downing end the campaign with no goals and no assists.
Despite being criticised heavily by 'Pool fans, Downing still managed to make 45 appearances for the Reds in 2012/13 where he fared marginally better on the goalscoring front with five to his name.
Having fallen out of favour with new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, his days at Anfield had been numbered for some time.
Downing joined former Anfield team mates Joe Cole and Andy Carroll at West Ham in August 2013. He became Sam Allardyce's fourth first team signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrival of Adrian, Razvan Rat and the aforementioned Carroll.