I have to admit that i was disappointed when we bought him, as i never rated him.
I am not suprised about how he is playing and what he is contributing. Wingers or the more successful ones, always want to have the ball - look at Robben, Ribéry, Ronaldo, Valencia, and the List could go on and on.
Downing on the other hand is a perfect example of a follower, he rather shys away than want the ball, he doesnt want responsibility because he has no confidence in himself, which at 27 years having always played in the PL is embarrasing.
I think he may be an okaish squadplayer but he is no Player who will get us into the Top 4.
If wie can afford to keep him as a squad player then we should keep him. But i rather we give Sterling his Spot and go for a Top class winger or at least for someone who has the potential to be worldclass. Because to me I dont think Downing will improve greatly in the next seasons.
And why on Earth should he Need more time to settle. Wasnt the argument to Bus him, that he wouldnt need to, at least not that long, since he always played in the PL??
For me his Standard (this season )is not acceptable and especially after playing game after game, no matter how bad he was with having the one odd good Game, mainly against lower class oppositions, can not be seen as significant improvement.
And yes sometimes he Works for the team, but that is the least Ican expect.
But I think with Money available I think Kenny will sort it out or sells him to West Ham if they go up. Because he should be nowhere near our First Eleven if wie challenge for the Top four spot, if he doesnt improve quickly.
But I hope he proves me wrong and I support him as long as he is in our Team.