Leeds would take a massive step towards the top flight with this Premier League 32-year-old
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds would take a massive step towards clinching promotion to the Premier League if they sign Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing.
Sky Sports News revealed on their official Twitter account that the 32-year-old would be allowed to leave Aitor Karanka’s Premier League new boys on loan until the end of the season.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 9, 2017
The England international, who can play in a range of attacking positions, has fallen out of favour on Teesside as Karanka’s side look to avoid Premier League relegation.
However, the Middlesbrough Gazette claim interest in the former Liverpool winger is aplenty, with offers from Boro’s Premier League rivals as well as China and America likely to be tabled.
With Leeds possessing just two recognised wingers in Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas, manager Garry Monk has been forced to play centre forward Souleymane Doukara on the left flank.
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Downing’s knowledge of securing promotion to the top flight would prove invaluable to Monk’s Yorkshire giants, after playing a pivotal role in Boro’s second-placed finish last season.
The left footer’s ability from set pieces could prove crucial as Leeds look to maintain their impressive form against sides that are likely to sit back against Monk’s in-form side.
Downing would go straight into the Leeds side to play on the left side of midfield, and would also provide cover in the number 10 role for four-time Spain international Pablo Hernandez.
His experience, creativity and ability to turn a game on its head would make Boro’s number 19 the perfect signing as Monk’s side remain in the playoffs in fifth.