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  • kht20 kht20 Aug 31, 2006 16:10 Flag

    Downing, how long can you keep him?

    A report in today's Daily Mail says that despite Steve Gibson's reluctance to let Stewart Downing go to Spurs, Keith Lamb has told the Spurs chairman if they put £6m of the £10m up front they can have him. This is evidently because Downing has 'set his heart on a move to Spurs'. I cannot see how the Boro fans will accept this from Downing; a move to Man Utd (to replace Giggs) or Chelsea or Real Madrid they could accept as it would be a major career move and no one would wish to stand in the guy's way, but Spurs???..... a one trick pony side if ever there was one. Undoubtedly the press reports about Jols interest has acted as catalyst but one wonders how much Downing's exposure to the big names of the England squad has had a bearing on his apparent change of heart. But one also wonders how much his girlfriend Michaela Henderson-Thynne's exposure to the WAG culture and the inherent publicity has affected his judgement. The bright lights of London and the propensity of opportunities to spend a multi-thousand pound monthly salary must blow away the opportunities presented by poor old Middlesbrough. So Spurs are benefiting from their postal address rather than the brilliance of their football and their groaning trophy cabinet.If Boro let Downing go it has nothing to do with football on the pitch and everything to do with the bank balance.