The big money takeover that all at Blackburn Rovers has been waiting for has arrived. It will be like the good old days like when Jack Walker first arrived.
…Hang on, only £6 million to spend?????
The big money Indian spending spree is not going to be all that those in East Lancashire hoped it would be. Even back in those Jack Walker days, you would have had very little change by the time you had completed the SAS crew up front by bringing in Chris Sutton to partner Alan Shearer.
However, trying to be positive, at least it is better than nothing. This poses another question, what could that £6 million actually buy you in the modern transfer market?
So, in order to find out what Big Sam might be able to afford with the ‘Venky’s’ money, here at TransferTavern.com, we conducted an experiment using a well-known football management simulation game, seeing which players we could potentially acquire for such a sum, within the game.
First of all, it is safe to say that the money will not buy you more than one or two players. So therefore, it would be important to work out what Mr Allardyce would have marked as top priority.
With only 6 goals in 9 league games and their top scorer being Mame Diouf, who is only on loan, it is safe to say that a striker would well be at the top of the list.
Early bids for Carlton Cole and Chris Wood, strikers that very much fit in with Allardyce’s direct tactics were very swiftly rejected, with £10million being the price on Wood’s head. Further searching for big Kevin Davies style strikers provided me with a shortlist that was headed by Bobby Zamora and Mamady Sidibe (both injured and in Zamora’s case, unrealistic), then third on the list was Leeds Striker Luciano Becchio. Now, as much as I think Becchio is decent, I doubt he is Premiership class, so onto plan B.
Looking at potential young starlets in the Championship that fit that style gives you two main options, Simon Church and Chedwyn Evans, both aged 21 (22 by the transfer window), they both possess the potential to become decent Premiership players and bids of £4.5 million were accepted. Having said that, anyone that saw Wales recently well know that although the potential is there, it is buried deep under the surface.
By now the situation was desperate, the need to go foreign was there but there were not too many viable target men that we had a hope of getting. Signing Bryan Ruiz of FC Twente was an option but Inter beat us to him. Meanwhile, our bid for Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina was rejected out of hand.
So, what can you get with £6 million? When you are in desperate need for a Striker, the answer appears to be not a lot!
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