I'm sorry, you're wrong. Have you ever watched him? He's a lot better than Downing. He's quick, agile, skilful on the ball and moves well off it. Probably won't be a world beater, but yes, he's good enough for a champions league team even. He performs well for a poor Blackburn, he'd look good alongside Suarez and Gerrard.
Don't think because he plays for Blackburn that he's poor, not all mid table team players are average (just the ones we bought last year )
Yes ive watched him, Downing is a better player (although hasnt done too well for us - but not many signing do well for us of late) , better passer, more consistant, better footballing brain.
im not saying that Hoilett would not be a bad option, but he is not the quality of player who we should be looking at to move us to teh next level, he would be another squad player.
not to have a go at you mate, but people were raving the same way about Downing when he was linked to us and its a common thing to over boost someone who is linked to us and hype them up, pay over the odds etc and then try to give em away for free when they dont add any value to the team.