Downing has had his best campaign for some time in 2014/15, and he believes that Sheringham's advice on the training ground his helped to get him back to his level.
Sheringham has encouraged Downing not to get too disheartened if some of his creative endeavours come to nothing, and the former Middlesbrough and Liverpool man thinks this is why he has been so effective this season.
“Our coach Teddy Sheringham says to me, ‘It’s no good just playing in the position; you’ve got to get goals and create – that’s your job’," he said. "It’s not just about playing well; you’ve got to be effective. My way of thinking has changed. When you’re there to make a difference in the final third, you’re going to lose the ball sometimes. Through balls will get cut out, but it only takes one to get through to set up a goal."
Downing has scored five goals and claimed eight assists in his 35 matches this season and has generally impressed supporters with his all-round game.
Although his form has dipped slightly in 2015, the 30-year-old has still been a key player for West Ham over the course campaign and been able to force his way back into the England reckoning.
Sam Allardyce moved him into a more central position at the start of the season and that tactical change appears to have brought the best out of him.
Downing will now be looking to carry his momentum into 2015/16, where he will be hoping to play an equally pivotal part as the London club go in search of a European place.