Blackburn boss Big Sam is apparently preparing a move to sign veteran Milan defender Marek Jankulovski.
The Czech international is due to be out of contract at the San Siro by the end of the season with slim hope of renewal. So in steps Big Sam, maurauding into International veteran teretory for the thousanth time. Rovers are planning to agree a pre-contract with the 33-year-old in January to allow for a free agent Bosman at the end of the season.
Czech Jankulovski has also being linked with Brundesliga’s Werder Bremen but has not commited to any decision as yet. “I will decide what to do at the end of the season, but now nothing is certain.” said the Milan defender.
It’s classic Allardyce and a very beleivable move. Look at the players he has brought to England before, Fernando Hierro, Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff and of course most recently Michel Salgado. In all fairness, none of them have been bad buys; Campo lasted a Bolton for years and Djorkaeff produced some amazing moments at the Reebok. All of which added experience and value to the squad for a snip.
The Czech, linked strongly to Liverpool only a couple of years back, may be something of a coup for Big Sam. Rover’s fans would revel in seeing the former Champion’s League winner finish his career at Ewood Park. Though, Rovers defense is already aging rapidly. Chris Samba is the youngest of the starting back four at 26, the oldest being veteran Salgado at 35, New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen is 33 and French full-back Gael Givet is fast approaching 30.
There is no question that Rovers have a great defence though. Age and experience has made them difficult to break down and over the years we have seen United, Chelsea and Arsenal all leave Ewood Park with nothing. Possibly the secret is maintaining experience at the back of which Jankulovski could certainly encourage that, but with very few young defensive options available at Ewood I do worry about the sustainability of such a stern back wearing blue and white in seasons to come.
I’m sure Blackburn fans will be hoping that any new money brought into the club will be spent on hot prospects that may propel their league position rather than proven veterans brought in to maintain it.
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