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The Benni McCarthy Factor.....

The Benni McCarthy Factor.....

Benni McCarthy, the man with two sides. One of the most technically gifted men to ever lead the Rover's frontline, and at times, one of the most laziest. However, Sas has dug deeper, and the stats simply dont lie.

Benni McCarthy, signed from Porto in the 06-07 season for the princley sum of 3.5 million pounds, found himself in the spotlight immediately, leading the Rovers frontline. Signed as a replacement for the departed Craig Bellamy, manager Mark Hughes put faith in the man to find the goals for Rovers.

Did Benni deliver....boy did he what. In 36 starting appearances, Benni slotted 18 EPL goals. His cup form was just as good, 3 goals in the FA Cup and 3 goals in the UEFA cup showed that Benni was more then capable of scoring those goals. Then came the turning factor.

Benni was use to being the front man, the star, the man to deliver. However, in a sign of ambition and progress, another topline striker was recruited to the club, Roque Santa Cruz. It then became the Roque show, with Benni playing second fiddle to the Paraguayan. Roque notched over 20 goals, however, Benni also found his way onto the score sheet, scoring 8 from 21 games. Sure, not as prolific as his first season at Ewood, but factors need to be taken into account. He was now no longer the go to man, Roque was the new Sherriff in town. Also, of those 21 appearances, 10 were of the bench, with some less then 15 minutes.....

Last season, Benni scored more goals then what he is given credit for. 10 goals in 18 appearances, with 10 of those once again being off the bench. Underused by Paul Ince, McCarthy found new light when Sam came in, and surely, his goals were the reason we stayed up.....

Now this season Benni has only started the 1 game, but after this weekends performance surely he cant be held back any longer.....

Stats dont lie, each year, Benni has maintained a 1 in 2 goal ratio, and you know what, I'd take that from our front man every day of the week, wouldnt you??

Stats Courtesy of the Blackburn Rovers Official Website and the English Premier League official Website ( Cheers boys)



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Writer:Sasman!
Date:Monday November 9 2009
Time: 10:36PM

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Couldnt help my self. Its time to unleash Benni. He needs to improve to get his South African Cup spot, and boy if he plays like that, i Kind of wish he was Australian.....we are lacking a striker at the moment lol
sasman
09/11/2009 22:40:00
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The stats don't lie....unleash Benni
Rover_since74
10/11/2009 06:31:00
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i meant impress not improve lol
sasman
10/11/2009 07:28:00
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Wow I didnt actually know he was that prolific! Good research there mate...
Mikey Delap
10/11/2009 08:47:00
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Time to let Benni have his limelight back, get him on for the start an let him unleash his talent.
mutts nutts
10/11/2009 08:48:00
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cheers mate, aye....it is surprising aye....and imagine if he actually scored the penalties that he missed lol...could almost be a 2 in 3 striker...
sasman
10/11/2009 09:34:00
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To be honest.. what would we rather see guys? McCarthy.. touch of class.. skillfull and he best finisher in our squad... or a big sam style player in someone like Heskey or Kevin Davies... I think we do need to stay in touch with what football is about.. its an entertainment business... and we pay to be entertained.. and benni provides that.. i dont care if big sam is best mates with him or not.. hes is techniqually one of our best... so keep him on the field...
rover23
10/11/2009 21:36:00
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Hope there's enough room on the bandwagon for me. Give the lad a(nother) chance. He certainly has the motivation and talent to succeed. Not so sure if the system will benefit him, but maybe a few more games with the traditional 4-4-2 with Dunn at attacking mid and Benni will find himself quickly in favor.
SoCal Rover
11/11/2009 01:06:00
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always room on the bandwagon! just dont hop off it!
sasman
11/11/2009 05:29:00
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I agree that Benni is class - however, I think it depends on Sams formation - Hoof it long to a big man (I know Beeni likes the pies but that's not what I mean!) he needs to play off a target man or have the ball at his feet to run at defenders. Also, his fitness has been called into question and he is a bit tubby - if we stick with one target man up front (Roberts or Di Santo) who do we play off him Dunn or Benni - I'd go with Dunn.
FreidelNo.1
11/11/2009 13:44:00
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