Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Julio Santa Cruz Is Close To First Team Spot

Julio Santa Cruz Is Close To First Team Spot

Julio Santa Cruz might be appearing in the first team sooner than you think. Julio believes if he progresses at his current rate he can fulfill his life long dream to partner his older brother Roque in the Rovers first team.

Cynics believed Julio was bought to keep Roque sweet in the summer but having watched the reserves, he is actually a very talented football player.

Paul Ince has also been giving him encouragement and suggested he could be appearing in the seniors before too long.

Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, Julio said - "Playing alongside Roque is my dream, and I think this could happen soon, as I am training with the first team and I understand I could be part of them soon,'

"I am working to convert this dream into reality. It is one of my personal targets, but two brothers playing together is very unusual in football.

"Since I arrived on August 1 this year, I realised we have to adapt quickly in order to play. And I am working hard under the coach, Paul Ince, and one of his assistants, Iain Brunskill.

"Ince has told me I will play with the first team soon if I keep on working hard.

"I settled into the club pretty quickly and obviously Roque helped me a lot because he had been through this in the past."

"It is a special moment for me because I appeared during 10 minutes in my debut against Manchester United [reserves] but I could not do much.

"After that, I played more against Newcastle and even scored with my third chance, which is always great for strikers who at trying to break into the team,'

"I finally made it on my third appearance, as I played more, gave several assists and scored the fifth in the 5-1 win over Hull City. I celebrated it with my team-mates and it was a special moment for my professional life.'

Well this all sounds very promising. Good on you Julio, if you can transform the reserves performances to the first team, you could be putting older brother in the shade!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mikey D
Date:Tuesday October 28 2008
Time: 2:42PM

Comments

0
Julio certainly has been looking good in the reserves, I cant wait to see how he handles the pressure of the first team.
Mikey D
28/10/2008 14:48:00
0
Good on Julio. Let's remember he is only 18 years old and he sure still has a lot of things to improve, but I have no doubts about his talent and the potential he has. If he gets a few minutes on the first team this year, then next year he'll be a valid option up front!
diegoveron
28/10/2008 18:13:00
0
Good luck to the dude, next season perhaps or maybe later in this season if we have the opportunity maybe this.
Walker
28/10/2008 20:20:00
0
He makes it sound like it could be sooner than that boss....
Mikey D
28/10/2008 21:03:00
0
Maybe be in a cup game, would be interesting to see the brotherhood bond on the pitch, but doubt this is that true has he is only 18 and with Benni scoring ont he Weekend.
roverjoy
29/10/2008 14:34:00
0
Maybe we might get to see him in that Carling Cup game v Sunderland off the bench??
Mikey D
31/10/2008 16:54:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Lowe Could Head High

Blackburn captain Jason Lowe is being linked with a potential Premier League move to Hull or West Brom. Promotion chasing Brighton have also been credited with an interest.

Riley Explains Postponements

It doesn't happen often in the Premier League or Championship thesedays, but League's 1 & 2 still suffer the odd postponement owing to the weather and Mike Riley...

Vital View - Championship, 12th-14th January 2017

Newcastle moved above Brighton to the top of the table when Albion slipped up. Rotherham and Wigan both won but remain in the bottom three with Blackburn.

Video - Ipswich 3-2 Blackburn

Ipswich's recent run of form dictated they would win at Portman Road, which they indeed did with a victory against Blackburn.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ipswich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele1%
Marshall0%
Lenihan0%
Mulgrew22%
Williams0%
Feeney11%
Lowe0%
Akpan44%
Bennett0%
Gallagher0%
Graham0%
Sub - Emnes22%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.jr of the rovers1
Write for Vital Football