|Date of Birth||22 July 1984 (age 31)|
|Place of Birth||Middlesbrough, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|National Team||England - 23 Caps 0 Goals|
Stewart Downing is an England international football player who currently plays for Aston Villa of the Barclays Premier League. Downing moved to Villa in the summer of 2009 for a fee of £12M from Middlesbrough.
Downing is typically a winger, and you should look to exploit his pace, ball control and delivery to defeat your opponent. However, Downing can easily adapt to the central midfield role and play alongside Stiliyan Petrov. Despite this, it is recommended that Downing replaces James Milner on the right of Aston Villa's midfield. This paves the way for Milner to replace Steve Sidwell in the centre of the midfield.
Acquiring Downing for your team may be difficult. It is estimated that he will command a large wage, and will cost you around £15M to sign. However, it is a risk worth taking as Downing proves himself to be a very consistent performer and a great asset to your team.