Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Tuesday October 20 2009
Striker Franco Di Santo is hoping his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers can be extended after making a great impression at Ewood Park in his short time here.
The 20-year-old Argentine striker, who is on loan at Rovers from Chelsea until January at least, opened his scoring account against the lesser half of East Lancashire at the weekend.
Di Santo has been given the chance to cut his Premier League teeth under Sam Allardyce and the tall marksman has been excellent in forming a great understanding with future England international David Dunn.
The fear that is there for Rovers fans though is that Chelsea have their much publicised transfer ban in place and may need Di Santo back if they fail to get the ruling over turned.
But that has not failed to put of Franco who is clearly loving it at Rovers and feels it is of greater benefit for him to stay at Ewood Park until the end of the season.
Di Santo, speaking to the Daily Express said - 'I need to improve and gain experience, I need to play games and score goals. If I got back to Chelsea I will try my best but, if I stay here, I will continue my education.
'It is good for me being at Blackburn. I am very happy to be here because the manager has given me the opportunity to play. That has given me the opportunity to improve and gain experience and I hope to get better and better over the next few games.
'Sam Allardyce is helping me to become a more complete player. I have the ambition to be able to play in every kind of style so, if I have any problems in certain areas, I want to work harder to fit in with that particular way.
'I hope to get back to Chelsea and play. If I go back and don't play, it is less good for me. It depends on the situation.
'One of the main reasons to stay here would be because of the supporters. They seem to love my name I think and that situation gives me more confidence to continue here.
'I feel I have proved I can play in the Premier League by coming here but I need to improve every game. I need more experience and now Blackburn have given me the opportunity to play more games.'
Great and very kind words from a man that receieved a standing ovation at the weekend as well as kissing the Rovers badge.
I think even Chelsea fans will agree that it would be better for Di Santo to stay here until May as he will get better as well as getting more games under Big Sam.
We won't get him permanently as he will cost too much and ultimately be too good to play for us - but it would be of mutual benefit for him to remain here and crack on.
Date:Tuesday October 20 2009
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