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Sam treating new stars with kids gloves

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.

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Wednesday September 30 2009
Time: 1:00PM


I think we can in all honesty expect everyone to be up and running in full by Xmas. I do have a sneaky idea that players like Van Heerden have been bought with a view to next season as well.
Mikey Delap
30/09/2009 13:07:00
I agree that we shouldn't rush people into the team and get them up to speed - but 3/6/9/12 months!!! Firstly, why would we buy a player who isn't adaptable to our league faster than this? Secondly, why would we spend a small fortune on a player if they can't play for a season?! Come on Sam you can do better than that! Just say they're coming along well and theres plenty of competition for places!
30/09/2009 17:25:00
To be fair - there is nothing wrong with a bit of long term planning IMO. When we get to next summer they are then in full stride we benefit through not spending so much!
Mikey Delap
30/09/2009 17:32:00
Jep agree with Sam, the premier league is fast and psysical - so people have to adapt. I normally give players 6 month but the premier a year, because it is so different. Kalinic is very young and comming from a whole other part europe away from family and friends. It takes time. Ronaldo only got 5 goals in the league first season....cheers Riisenholt
30/09/2009 17:55:00
Don't get me wrong guys I know that it takes time - to to suggest a whole season? So basically if Sam buys flops now he's always got a get out clause - they're not flops they just need more time to adapt!
01/10/2009 08:42:00
Or FN1 he could actually be telling the truth and we have one helova player in kalinic.. but he truely isnt ready...
01/10/2009 10:00:00
You cannot deny he has brought in some very decent lookin players with the exception of Salgado (Not made my mind up as yet!) and Sam appears to be lookin out for them which IMO is a great decision, we just have to be patient and they will all come good, N'zonzi being my fav so far. Big Sam knows what hes doing.
mutts nutts
01/10/2009 11:11:00
The thing I don't get though (and I have faith in Sam and his buys) is if Kalinic wasn't ready and it may take months - why play him already?
01/10/2009 11:20:00
im with freidel on this one....Rovers dont spend 6 (up to 12) mill on a player who will be ready in a season. Arsenal do, Chelsea do, Man U do, but rovers, no we dont. So far so good though, Nzonzi- Amazing, Jacobsen- Supoib, Di Santo- Looks class, Elrio- Who knows, Salgado- he will get there, i hope....Kalinic? we shall see....
01/10/2009 11:52:00
You forgot Chimbo as well dude who has looked very solid as well! Kalinic will be fine as far as I am concerned. There is also IMO nothing wrong with a bit of long term planning!
Mikey Delap
01/10/2009 12:52:00
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