The former Liverpool man has scored more goals and registered more assists, but dribbling has taken a hit.
It’s fair to say that Stewart Downing didn’t enjoy the best of times at Liverpool.
Burdened with a big price tag, just like Andy Carroll, it seemed he was never likely to become a star player at Anfield, again, just like his Geordie teammate.
However, a move to West Ham has seen him become a key player once again, with his performances this season, having moved to a more central role, catching the eye. It's been an impressive turnaround for the player given the negativity aimed his direction in the not too distant past. We decided to compare his stats from last season to this to see just how far he has improved.
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Starting on the attacking front, he’s upped his game hugely in this department this season, having more scoring attempts per game, up to 1.8 from 1.3 last season, while his number of on target attempts has also increased from 0.3 to 0.5. That has seen him score six goals compared to last year’s tally of one.
His assist count has also taken a positive upturn, with him registering 2.2 attempted assists per game this season compared to 1.9 last season, while he’s also registered more on target attempted assists per game, 1.2 compared to 0.8 last season. That improvement has seen his number of assists overall rise from two to eight.
One area that has regressed, however, is his dribbling. This season he has registered 1.5 contests per game compared to 2.5 last year, while he has won just 0.6 contests per game compared to 1 per game last season.
Impressive improvements in both assists and goals for Downing then, who must surely see his future in a more central role given his fine performances this season. Whether the new West Ham manager sees it that way, however, remains to be seen.