Stats: Four key areas Stewart Downing has made vast improvements

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West Ham United's Stewart Downing has made vast improvements in four key areas so far this season.

Stewart Downing's form for West Ham United this season has been nothing short of remarkable.

Moved into a more central position, Downing has re-found his best and is starting to show why he was such a threat when he was at Aston Villa earlier in his career.

The England international has struggled over recent seasons, but Sam Allardyce has managed to encourage him back to his optimum performance levels. 

The Hammers have played with a style which has not been associated with them previously since Allardyce has been in charge and Downing has benefited the most.

With the pace of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho ahead of him, he has been able to dictate the tempo and direction of West Ham's attacks and benefited from the excess space created for him.

The stats show the staggering improvements, which have seen his manager call him the best midfielder in the Premier League this week, too.

  SeasonGoalsGoal AssistChances created GAMEShots GAMETouches GAMEAccurate Passes GAMEPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Stewart Downing 2013-2014 1 2 1.9 1.3 46.5 20.7 80.5% 32 2510
Stewart Downing 2014-2015 1 3 3.1 1.7 61.8 35 82.7% 7 629

Downing has already matched his goalscoring total from last season, whilst he has surpassed his assist total, but he is also far more involved.

Not only is the 30-year-old taking more shots for himself, but he is also forging more openings for his team-mates and is more accurate with his passing.

It shows why he has earned such lavish praise from all those involved at Upton Park this season and he will be hoping to continue his form as the season progresses.

West Ham are playing with confidence and style so far this campaign and if they are to keep up this new-found tactic then Downing will be crucial to their success. 

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