Flynn Downes insists he isn’t ‘taking any notice’ of reports linking the Swansea City star with Premier League outfit Leeds United, speaking to Wales Online.
A £1.5 million midfielder who was playing third-tier football with Ipswich Town a year ago is not exactly the sort of signing to get hairs standing up on end in West Yorkshire.
But those underwhelmed by links with Downes are missing the point.
The former England U20 international is not only tailor-made for a club like Leeds, he is also tailor-made for a manager like Jesse Marsch. Downes’ boundless enthusiasm, tremendous work-rate and impressive technical ability make him the archetypal Marsch midfielder.
Flynn Downes to Leeds?
The Times suggested he could replace Kalvin Phillips should so-called ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ depart. But Downes’ box-to-box, ball-carrying ways could instead make him a readymade successor for the ageing Adam Forshaw and Matuesz Klich.
Not that Downes is paying much attention to the rumours suggesting he could be on the move again after just one year in South Wales.
“To be honest, I don’t take any notice of stuff like that,” the 23-year-old says when asked about Leeds’ interest.
“I know every player says the same but I actually haven’t taken any notice. When I was at Ipswich, I felt like I took too much notice of what was going on, and I have really learned from that and promised myself I would not be like that again.
“So, I will just carry on doing what I do and concentrate on my football.”
Downes, who was the subject of two bids from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2020 and handed in a transfer request in a failed attempt to force through a move, has been labelled an ‘absolutely unbelievable’ talent by Swansea captain Matt Grimes (Daily Mail).
“It’s football and anything can happen,” Downes adds. “But I love it here and I am happy here. Next year, I have high hopes for what we can achieve so I am not thinking about anything else. I have always said playing in the Premier League is dream, I really want to do that.
“There is more to life than money. I am loving my football down here.”