West Ham made it three wins from three in the Conference League as they earned an impressive 1-0 win away from home against Anderlecht.
David Moyes’ side created a plethora of opportunities against their Belgian hosts but were unable to find the breakthrough until the 76th minute when substitute Gianluca Scamacca scored the only goal of the game.
The result sees the Hammers sit comfortably at the top of Group B, with qualification all but secured thanks to their 100% record in the competition thus far.
While Scamacca will take the plaudits after scoring the winner, a lot of credit should go to fellow summer signing Flynn Downes, who produced another superb display in the middle of the park, perhaps emphasising to Moyes why he should start ahead of Tomas Soucek alongside Declan Rice in the Premier League.
As per SofaScore, 23-year-old would earn an impressive 7.5/10 rating for his performance, which ranked him as the second-top-rated player on the pitch in Belgium, with only Angelo Ogbonna rated higher.
The former Swansea man would have 83 touches of the ball, which was the most of any West Ham player, while he was also incredibly accurate with his passes, finding the mark 61/67 times to register an impressive 91% pass accuracy.
He also played a big part in the clean sheet, contributing five tackles and two interceptions, which was a significant increase on his numbers with Swansea last season in the Championship, where he averaged 1.3 interceptions and 1.1 tackles per game.
This shows that Downes really raised his game against Anderlecht and is surely pushing to start again when the Hammers face Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
Swansea manager Russell Martin was full of praise for Downes last season, saying:
“Flynn was incredible, it’s difficult to single people out, but he does the dirty work perfectly well.”
Downes certainly lived up to that reputation again on Thursday evening, as he just kept things ticking over with his excellent passing ability and also broke attacks up with his tackles and interceptions.
If that impressive performance hasn’t sent a message to Moyes to give him a try in the Premier League, then it is impossible to say what will.