New boys Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto will both be competing for a wide berth this term, but Downing is happy to see them onboard.
He told the club website: "They're nice lads. They're very quiet, but it's their first week at the club, so they're not used to the area, the lads and how we train. But you can see they're enjoying it.
"You need at least two or three players in every position to keep people on their toes, especially at a club like this."