The well-known Stewart Downing is set to play under former Middlesborough captain and manager Tony Mowbray as Blackburn Rovers seek to sign the 34-year-old free agent.
Stewart Downing starting his career in 2001, and has accumulated over 650 appearances altogether at the top end of English and European football. Paying service to clubs such as Middlesborough, Sunderland, Aston Villa, West Ham and even joined Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of around £20million.
Tony Mowbray has a big history at Middlesborough, as does Stewart Downing who has spent well over 10 years of his playing career at the club, creating a strong bond between the two from the off. As well as both men being highly experienced at the top of English football throughout the years.
Blackburn Rovers finished 15th in the Championship, while Middlesborough finished 7th. By obtaining Downing, Rovers have increased the quality of their squad as well as the overall experience they have in the dressing room. Therefore, Downing won’t only add goals and assists to his new side, but will also be a beacon of knowledge and example for the younger players coming through.
This shows us that Mowbray isn’t only looking to improve next season, but is seeking quality and experienced players to help their youth thrive and solidify a promising future for a club who may one day return to the Premier League.