Sam treating new stars with kids gloves
Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has called for some of the press and the fans to not get frustrated when it comes to the limited game time of some of the new Rovers players.
Players such as Michel Salgado, Nikola Kalinic, Steven N'Zonzi (who is freaking awesome) and Elrio Van Heerden have seen sporadic appearances at best so far this season but the big man has stressed there is no adverse reason behind this.
Allardyce appreciates supporters want to see more of the new signings but insists they will need time and space to come to terms with the league they are in given their lack of Premier League experience and England itself.
Sam, speaking to Sky Sports, using Andrei Schevchenko at Chelsea as an example - 'This wasn't a young man, this was an old experienced player.
'Because Chelsea put him in too quickly, and because he wasn't ready he became a complete flop.
'It was far too quick for him, far too physical and the lad's confidence just drained away. He never, ever got to it.
'So when I say adapting, I talk about three, six, nine and 12 months. Not two and three games like you lot (the media) talk and the fans talk about.'
I agree with Sam to an extent but can I suggest not annoying Chelsea too much - we have one of their players that we wouldn't mind keeping past January!
In all seriousness though we are all guilty of wondering what has happened to players such as Kalinic and Van Heerden but I personally trust in Sam to use him as and when he is ready. We have a strong enough squad to help bed in some new players.