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Grella bigs up the Basturk

Vince Grella has backed Yildiray Basturk to be one of the star players in Rovers fixture run in and impressed with what the Turk has shown so far.

Grella himself is back in contention for first team duty and Basturk is near full fitness so both are in contention for Bolton at home on Sunday.

But Grella has seen enough of the new boy to suggest he can have a tremendous impact.

Grella, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph said - "Basturk is a senior pro who has got international experience and has played in the Bundesliga for 10 years.

"He`s been one of the main players in Turkey`s team for the past 10 years, so I don`t have to present Basturk to anyone.

"But I enjoy playing with him. He`s got great vision, great awareness and great passing.

"I think he could give us something new and something different in our formation.

"Can he be a star player for us? You took the words out of my mouth.

"I think he`s got everything to be a star player at Blackburn.

"He`s something different that we don`t have and I think the manager knows that.

"That`s why he signed him."

The players and staff are building him up a treat here!

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

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 9:54AM

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Everyone's building up The Inglorious Basturk. Let's hope he lives up to all these comments and we will have one hell of a player on our hands.
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18/02/2010 10:43:00

Initial sounds are all good - but these things do have a habit of coming back to bite you on your ass sometimes!!!
Mikey Delap
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18/02/2010 12:25:00

he does sound good, but knowing our luck he will come on and be injured for 3 months in his first game.
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18/02/2010 19:50:00

If Grella and Basturk both step up, we could suddenly have loads of depth in midfield.....
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18/02/2010 22:04:00

did anybody actually go to the reserve games where they played together? wondering what the grella/basturk pairing looks like. nice words from vince, though. or maybe he has realized he enjoys getting a paycheck every week for not doing anything, so he wants to make sure basturk gets called up before him!
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19/02/2010 00:22:00

You better worry about yourself first, Vince "Mr Injury" Grella. How many games did you play this season?
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19/02/2010 01:17:00

Vince has started 8 Premier League games this season, 2 More then Kalinic, 1 more then Olsson, 4 more then Salgado and 7 more then Steven Reid......funny how they all go under the radar? question answered metal?
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19/02/2010 01:40:00

more stats if you like.... last season Vince Grella started 15 EPL Games, 11 more then Steven Reid, 8 more then DAVID DUNN, 6 more then Mokoena, same amount as Tugay, and 15 more then Vogel........all players in the same position....need i continue?
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19/02/2010 01:44:00

Personally I think that the dude will do well for us but I'm a little worried about expecting too much.
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19/02/2010 08:52:00

Cautious Walker?! well I never!!! lol...I think the problem with Vicne is that he pulls us during a lot of these starts and he does seem to come out with the imoortal "right I am finally back and injury free" before pulling up again!!!
Mikey Delap
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19/02/2010 09:08:00

but sas? what exactly has he done for us that warrents paying 4.5m for him? nothing... total waste of money IMO
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19/02/2010 22:34:00

Well, i expected this replies from on one but you, Mr Sasman. Haha, i was just waiting for it. Why? Aussies? No big *****, man! 8 starts this season, WOW!!!
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21/02/2010 09:52:00

And your stats? LOL It shows Vince is among the top contenders for the Mr Injury title. The other top contenders are Steven Reid, Dunn and Vogel.. hahahaha...
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21/02/2010 10:18:00

mate you make no sense at all......
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21/02/2010 12:54:00

Oh really?! Oops.... hahaha...
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21/02/2010 15:37:00

TBF Sas I think Grella gets the Mr. injury title because he has been injured constantly since he has been here where as both Dunn and Reid have had sustained periods where they were in the first team and performing to a high standard. Also neither cost 4 million. And they don't go under the radar they are always criticised for being constasntlty injured and rightly so. As for the others ie Mokoena, Tugay and Vogel, they weren't injured they just weren't fancied by the manager to play them. Anyway this thread is about Basturk who I hope can come in and contribute to the team along with Grella.
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22/02/2010 12:00:00


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