I think I'd like to stick with Downing for at least one more season, although you do make a good point regarding the age. But these days 29 I don't see as a major issue in terms of his ability, but it does mean his sell on fee will start dropping. But to be honest even with the improvement we've seen from him this season I don't see us getting our money back on him as its only mid table or lower clubs that would go for him.
But I think he can still be a real asset for us. Right now he's still number one for the wide right position, and unless we went for a big name I think that would still be the case next season. But I think he does represent a bridge between now and when the likes of Sterling, or Ince (if he comes) are ready to be starters.Sinclair might push harder for a starting slot, but since we've not seen him in 12 months not sure about that. Ben Arfa on a good day would be better, but I'm just not impressed with his work rate, and his injury issues would be a major concern.