The striker, who turns 20 on Sunday, netted the Baggies‚Äô second goal of the evening with Markus Rosenberg and Nicolas Anelka also on the scoresheet after the Greek Superleague outfit took an early lead.
‚ÄúSaido did exceptionally well,‚ÄĚ said Downing to the WBA website. ‚ÄúI know what he‚Äôs like after five years or so of working with him. He‚Äôs showing some good potential. He‚Äôs got some good players around him.
‚ÄúNico is helping him. The boy is just learning his trade. I‚Äôm very conscious of young players getting thrown into the limelight.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important that we keep his feet on the ground and make sure that he‚Äôs learning every day.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a very level-headed boy and I‚Äôm sure he‚Äôll understand that. If you ask him, he is just taking every day and every training session as it comes.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs progressing very nicely."