I digress, but im getting very annoyed at the stick Downing is getting, and for the record i wanted us to spend that money on another player(s)(Cazorla, Mata, Perrotti, Shaqiri). But he has been a real improvement on what we previously had, people are staring themselves blind on goals and assists, that has never been Downing's game, he's averaged 4 and 4 per season over the last 5-6 years. Obviously he's not reached that here yet, but his contribution goes much further beyond goals and assists. Look at his workrate, the width he provides, offensive runs, passing and crossing ability, he's one of the main reasons we have played so well this season, and for that i think his fee is justified. Bent however is the complete opposite, he provides goals and not much more in terms of adding to the football we play.