Date: 16th July 2009 at 3:54pm
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Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough on a four-year-deal.

Just a few snippets of information on the England winger:

Daily Telegraph – Chances Created Last Season

1 Frank Lampard Chelsea 124
2 Steven Gerrard Liverpool 80
3 Stewart Downing Middlesbrough 72
4 Luis Antonio Valencia Wigan Athletic 70
5 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 67
6 Francesc Fabregas Arsenal 63
7 Mikel Arteta Everton 63
8 Dirk Kuyt Liverpool 63
9 Mark Noble West Ham United 63
10 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea 62

Our latest front page poll (bottom right hand corner) asks what you think of the signing. In the forum thread: Click Here he is currently on 82 in favour with just 14 against the signing..

An interview with Vital Boro editor about the move from the Riverside to Villa Park of Stewart Downing Boro Fan’s Opinion On Downing To Villa

Meanwhile former Villa and Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Villa have a good signing in Downing after speaking to The Times: ‘Stewart Downing is a really good signing for Aston Villa, even though he may not be fit until October. Once he is, I’m sure he’ll make a big impact. I saw Downing play five times last year and on four occasions he was the best player on the park. Without him, Middlesbrough would have been even more dire. In a good team, Downing will shine. He’s versatile, with a wonderful left foot, and quicker than many people think. He also has a great attitude. However, he must improve his scoring rate – only two goals last term, both in the FA Cup.’ (Reports the other week were suggesting he won’t be back for October and will need longer to recover from his foot surgery)

Boro’s official site page on the player: Click Here
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