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Downes: I'll Still Be Here When the Window Closes
Sunday, 19th Jan 2020 11:07

Midfielder Flynn Downes is in no doubt he’ll still be an Ipswich Town player on February 1st once the transfer window closes and says his focus is only on getting the Blues promoted.

Downes is understood to be being closely monitored by Fulham with other clubs also believed to be keeping an eye on the 20-year-old, who looks the favourite for the Town Player of the Year award at the halfway point in the campaign.

Asked whether he expected to still be at Portman Road on February 1st, he said: “Yes, I’ll be here, I’ve got to help the Town get promoted, haven’t I? I’ll be here.”

Would his keenness to get the Blues back into the Championship keep him at Town even if a bid were to come in this month?

“Of course, that’s the main focus at the minute, I’m not focusing on anything else, I just want to get promotion and that’s that.”

The 20-year-old, who is contracted to the Blues until 2022 with the club having an option for a further season, says a move is very much something for the future: “Yes, that’s it. My head’s on promotion at the minute.”

As he has with defender Luke Woolfenden, who is similarly featuring in the football gossip columns, Downes revealed that manager Paul Lambert has recently had a chat with him.

“Yes, he has,” he said. “I don’t really like talking about it because I just want to focus on my football here.

“It is what it is, some people listen to it, some people don’t and I just want to get on with it really.”

Downes says neither of the pair are getting carried away by the speculation: “No, I don’t think we’re those kind of boys. Like I said, our main focus is Ipswich.”

However, The England U20 international admits reading that clubs might be showing interest in him gives him a boost.

“Yes, of course, you don’t want to open a newspaper and see ‘Flynn Downes is rubbish’, so it is good. But I’m not listening to any of it,” he said.

“I think everyone gets linked, there are always little rumours going about but it is what it is, I’m focusing on Ipswich and that’s it.”

Brentwood-born Downes has been with Town since he was seven and says he has the club flowing through his veins.

“It is, it is,” he said. “Our goal is to get promoted, I think if we don’t it’s been a failure, so that’s our main goal.”

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DanSuperTown added 11:13 - Jan 19
What a rare but welcome flat out denial of a move!
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Dissboyitfc added 11:25 - Jan 19
And I believe him top man. And failure to get promoted will be a failure!
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trueblues78 added 11:27 - Jan 19
He was first class yesterday with real grit and passion. A couple more seasons and he will have the top clubs come knocking.
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Dolphinblue added 11:43 - Jan 19
If we get promoted we need to keep all of our top performers, of which Downes is one, unless we get big offers. As Lambert says what happened with Webster etc must not happen again! If we fail to get promotion many will leave. So get behind the Promotion push COYB
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MickMillsTash added 11:55 - Jan 19
I had written Downes off at the start of the season- (Accrington away last year was dreadful) now the first name on the team sheet.
Top player and too good for this league- more to come for sure.
Credit to him and Lambert
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TractorRoyNo1 added 12:08 - Jan 19
Plenty of time, Dozzell and Wright both left to soon and didn't fulfill their potential.
He is a shoe in to replace Noble at WHU (his local team) in 18 months time.
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ArnieM added 12:08 - Jan 19
Music to my ears 👍

Lambert IS building something special here , but it takes a little time and patience by all.

COYBsss

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ArnieM added 12:10 - Jan 19
TractorRoy: Wet Spam will be a Championship side like us next season. So he may as well stay here .
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1psw1ch added 12:30 - Jan 19
He, s ours so hands off 🖕
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midastouch added 12:49 - Jan 19
In Downes we trust.
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TimmyH added 13:01 - Jan 19
Lets hope he's right but not sure it's down to him, if the right offer comes in he might be gone it's down to our illustrious owner but if he has any sense...
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Walk_the_Wark added 14:48 - Jan 19
Good. You are our second best player, and a future captain. Well done mate
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dirtydingusmagee added 14:58 - Jan 19
seems happy and settled, he is a key player so lets hope no other club upsets the apple cart .
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therein61 added 15:50 - Jan 19
Great to read what I feel are heart felt comments this news can only make the whole squad better for a tough month coming up COYB
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blueboy1981 added 16:05 - Jan 19
Downes has goals in him from midfield, problem being. midfielders have been encouraged, and expected to sit too deep for years now.
I remember the days when midfielders were encouraged, and expected to get forward - wonderful memories of Peter Morris net busters at every opportunity he got - along with others.
I’ll say yet again, we have the squad, we have the players to get more goals - which in itself takes pressure of the defence.
Our defence has faced the Alamo season after season - and largely not appreciated for that constant pressure they’ve had for far too long.
Attack will always be the best form of defence in my book, against almost every team you play against.
Results invariably favour the brave.
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I_AM_GOD added 17:40 - Jan 19
Bet someone's agent is not. Impressed now...... Miss out in a good commission
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ChrisFelix added 17:40 - Jan 19
A midfielder who scores goals. Essential in a successful team. Sadly never part of Skuse game
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therein61 added 17:53 - Jan 19
Skuse only puts people in trouble with his sideways passes(hospital balls most of em!) it's noticeable that while he's been benched our midfield has aggressive forward going intent which helps the forwards and takes pressure off the defence time to put the premiership class no/8 out to grass, Chambo is benefitting from his benching he's a different player in the last 3 games.
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Normandyblue added 18:20 - Jan 19
Nice to hear, just hope it is your decision to make, you do wonder.
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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 18:46 - Jan 19
Top man, already a good player, with potential for more. Obviously has ITFC at heart. Pity more players can’t show a bit more club loyalty. Respect, Flynn!
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runningout added 22:12 - Jan 19
Hang on a minute!!
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RobITFC added 00:44 - Jan 20
Hope this is true,he is
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RobITFC added 00:46 - Jan 20
.... CONT. a must if we have a chance to go up, the midfield is now working so well with Huw's and Judge, good lad, let's see this through and get back to the ~Championship
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IpswichT62OldBoy added 08:59 - Jan 20
We seem to be focused on retaining our talent at last.
It is lovely to have a sense of a team growing into maturity, every month that passes sees improvement as the lads develop and mature, hopefully we are going to improve incrementally but consistently, season on season.
Who knows where that might get us.
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beornioblue added 11:04 - Jan 20
This is exactly the kind of loyalty and a want to play for Ipswich that is amazing to hear!!

A player who could clearly go into a team with a much higher league position than us, but is committed to getting us back to where we should be, its both admirable and mature of Flynn.

Could it be that Mr Lambert is quietly playing a blinder behind the scenes and the players are buying into it wholly?

For me apart from the lack of investment the unaddressed lack of midfield has been the biggest concern probably since Magilton etc.

But maybe just maybe that has finally been addressed with the players in the team who dont seem to want to jump ship!!!

COYB
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