By Rob Nichols
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Could wing wizard Stewart Downing really be about to pull on a Boro shirt again? The whole of Teesside is awash with rumours right now that Stewy Downing the prodigal son could be returning back to the fold for a loan spell. The speculation that the Liverpool winger may soon be a Boro loan star is now fever pitched. The story is not just back page news but front page of the Gazette. What a fantastic signing it could be too both for player and club and above all Boro fans who would be served up a real treat as you have to feel Stewy would destroy defences at this level.
That must be the attraction for Liverpool where under pressure boss Brendan Rodgers would dearly love to see his £20m inheritance return to form and confidence. Where better to get back up to speed again than back on his home turf. Where the boo boys would be a distant memory as Stewy was ripping down the wing, setting up the crosses. The Juke, McDonald, Miller and Marvin will be queuing up to get on the end of them.
Could Boro afford to pay Downing’s wages? In short no way. We would surely need Liverpool to at least meet us part way. Actually a very big part of the way. But it could be worth it for Liverpool in that we would rehabilitate their falling star and make him at least saleable again or better still maybe able to raise his head and his game and provide the service for Suarez to light up the Kop.
I suppose the move or at least the timing of it could all centre around the results of George Friend’s hamstring scan. If our Robocop full back/wing wonder is to be sidelined for sometime it might encourage us to act quickly to plug the gap. As for our other flank players, although others are fighting their way back to fitness it could still be some months before we can Calm down and Carayol.
So this could all be total rubbish rumour mongering. Afterall if there wasn’t smoke without fire we wouldn’t have kippers. But it has certainly got everyone talking in excited tones about the prospect of our former England star returning to help keep our top of the table advances going. I would have thought that it would keep those turnstiles clicking round as well. And more nights and days like the Friday feast of football v Sheffield Wednesday would certainly get Boro buzzing again.
We’ll wait and see. This could all come to nothing. Downing might get recalled at the weekend and rifle home a shot from 35 yards. He is certainly capable as he showed a couple of weeks ago in Europa action. But it is good to dream and maybe just maybe it shows we are on the up when we dare to be positive and dare to have hope.
Come on Boro