David Gold picks West Ham's most improved player

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West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has picked Stewart Downing as the club's most improved player on Twitter this morning.

David Gold has taken to Twitter to select Stewart Downing as his most improved West Ham United player.

Downing has been a revelation so far this season and has earned plaudits from all watchers with his displays.

The 30-year-old had looked out of sorts for some time prior to this season, but he has suddenly rekindled his top form and is a major threat to defences again now.

For this Sam Allardyce deserves a lot of credit, as he has moved him into a more central role, but Downing has shown good character to bounce back from increased pressure.

The England international has come under criticism for a series of indifferent displays, but has returned to action this season as a new player.

His manager was quick to play tribute to the midfielder, too, saying that he had been the best player in his position in the top flight so far last week.

"I don't think there is anybody playing in midfield that is better than Stewart Downing," he said.

Now, Gold has backed Allardyce up and expressed his views that Downing has improved hugely on social media this morning.

It is quite a turnaround for a player whose career seemed to be petering out only last campaign.

Downing has benefitted from the newfound style that the Hammers have played with and the pace they now have up-front.

With the speed of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia creating space for him, Downing's full range of passing has been on display and the former Liverpool man is dictating the direction of his side's attacks as a result.

Many felt his form over the opening period of the season would have been enough to earn him a route back into the England set-up, but Roy Hodgson decided against handing him a call-up meaning he will have the international break still training with his club side.

During that time he will be hoping not to lose any of the momentum gained over the past few months and will be aiming to continue his fine form when the Hammers next return to action.

That will be against Burnley next weekend and a victory would elevate them up the table even further after an encouraging opening. 

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