Russell Martin warns Leeds United away from Flynn Downes approach
Swansea City manager Russell Martin is adamant that Flynn Downes won’t leave for cheap with Leeds United interested in the 23-year-old midfielder.
The former England Under-20 international has been dominant in the Swans’ midfield this season with Martin’s possession-intensive football suiting his relaxed style.
Leeds though want a piece of the action and have identified Downes as a potential replacement for Kalvin Phillips if he leaves Elland Road in the summer [The Times].
Martin was keen to make his point clear that no player will leave the Swansea.com Stadium for cheap in the summer, including Downes and top scorer Joel Piroe.
“I think the owners trust me and Mark (Allen, sporting director) and the judgement of Julian (Winter, chief executive) on what a player is worth, for sure. I don’t think anyone will be leaving on the cheap,” Martin said, as quoted by Leeds Live.
“It’s not going to be a case of ‘if there’s some money coming in, it’s a good profit’.”
Downes is a real throwback midfielder who can not only do all the fancy modern-day pressing and cute passes but also get right stuck in when he needs to.
He hasn’t had to show much of his defensive ability with the Swans who largely dominate possession in every game they play due to Martin’s preferred style of play.
But his time at Ipswich prior to his move to South Wales showed exactly why he can be a perfect midfield general for Jesse Marsch.
The American likes to play a high-pressing game, although not to the extreme levels of Marcelo Bielsa, and Downes has the capabilities to do that but it’s what he can do with the ball that will attract interest.
Don’t let the Championship league table fool you, he has been creating all kinds of chances for the Swans this season but they have struggled to find a goal scorer who can consistently find the back of the net.
Leeds have that and Downes can be a real force in the Premier League if Marsch opts to bring him in.