Date: 7th August 2010 at 4:27pm
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Martin O’Neill spoke to The Official Site about Stewart Downing after the Valencia friendly at Villa Park on Friday night.

The Villa boss said of the player we signed last summer whilst recovering from an injury picked up in a tackle with Stiliyan Petrov…

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‘Stewart has definitely got the ability. It is confidence really. A confident Stewart Downing is a really top class player. What he has to do is – it is all very well having this confidence given to you by people like myself – but you’ve got to have it yourself even in bad moments.’

Adding, ‘He showed tonight, in more than glimpses, his ability and a major thing – confidence. He’s a top quality player, he’s got the ability and when he has the confidence to go with it he is a major threat.’

He hit the crossbar with a very good free kick, a glimpse of things to come? Downing has been quoted himself that he is happy to have got a full pre-season behind him and so hopefully he will be ready and fully fit for this season. Last year, when he appeared around Christmas time, he again showed glimpses but by the end of the season looked shattered. This I think is his first MAJOR season for Villa, he has a large price tag to live up to and plenty of positive talk about his ability.

Lets hope he can deliver, I’m sure he can.

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