It must be tough to be a Blackburn fan. The performance they turned in against Chelsea on Saturday was to be admired although a lack of scoring prowess left Rovers’ to reflect on what might have been.
With a prospective take over from Mr. Venky’s chicken emporium happening this week, Big Sam may need to make a few changes in January to really bolster his aging veterans.
Rovers’ look solid at the back; they have to be given the leaky midfield that sits in front of it. Despite the efforts of quality central midfielders such as David Dunn or highly rated youngster Phil Jones, lack of quality out wide stifles potential attacks and makes it hard for Rovers to maintain possession.
Blackburn must cash in on the vastly overrated Morten Gamst Pedersen before any potential buyer can be made aware of his distinct lack of consistency. Senegal International El Hadji Diouf has never quite won the hearts of Rovers fans either but could still fetch roughly £7million. Brett Emerton will always be loved at Ewood for his level of effort, though, despite the Aussie international showing the odd glimpse of class, he has never really been able to really prove his worth at the club.
There are a few options Big Sam could look at down the wings, West Brom’s Chris Brunt may be available in January, but with Liverpool expressing an interest in the £9million rated wide man, they may face a tough challenge to capture the 25-year-old.
West Ham and Blackburn have had a regular relationship in the transfer market for years now and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rovers’ bring in Behrami in an attempt to add a touch of flair, however, I doubt the Swiss international would be particularly well received by the fans at Ewood. Though, Ex-Rover David Bentley may make a return to the club in the new year having failed to make an impact at Spurs, a cut price deal would see Blackburn maintain a healthy profit and a smile on Allardyce’s face.
Jason Robert’s arrival at half time on Saturday for the injured goalscorer Benjani heralded a long groan from home fans and highlighted a real lack of strength in depth. A run of form for Croatian Nicola Kalinic cannot come quicker for Blackburn fans, though in January another striker would not go amiss. Manchester City are still yet to offload Roque Santa Cruz, though his inflated price will certainly put off any return to Ewood. However, former Everton striker, Jo, may also be surplus to requirements at Eastlands and may not warrant such a large cost.
With the takeover looming it will be interesting to see what changes lie ahead for the boys in blue and white.
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