Date:Friday August 22 2008
Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz remains the subject of much speculation, and with Aston Villa one of the clubs understood to be desperate to sign him now Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has spoken of his quality.
The former Rovers goalkeeper believes that Santa Cruz (despite costing a fraction of what Fernando Torres cost Liverpool) is pound for pound as good as Torres. This is something that we heard said previously and was said this time as Friedel gave his verdict when questioned about the speculation linking the Paraguayan with a move away from Ewood Park. However, Friedel wouldn't be drawn on the speculation as to where he might go (if he did leave Ewood) although he doesn't even expect Rovers to sell him.
Friedel is quoted on Sky Sports: "As far as transfer speculation is concerned I know nothing about whether he is going to go or stay.
"For me, last season he was probably one of the top three buys in the Premier League. He's up there with Fernando Torres pound for pound.
"He is just the whole package, good in the air, he can hold the ball, it was a great return for what Blackburn paid.
"But when it comes to transfer money, I don't even know if he is saleable what with myself and Bentley already gone, you'd have to call John Williams (Blackburn chairman) and ask him that."
However, the former American International did say how tough a season he thought Rovers could have IF they allowed Santa to also leave.
He added: "It would be tough if three of us were to leave in one summer.
"I can't believe people passed up on him last year, maybe they were thrown off by his injuries. I can't say enough good things about Roque Santa Cruz. He's a lovely fellow and a great guy."
Santa Cruz WON'T leave Rovers anyway will he!!! We can't afford him to leave that much is clear. Reports in the media are saying that Villa will offer as much as £16 million for him, even if that is true then we MUST reject the offers.
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Date:Friday August 22 2008
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