Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

The mystery? Can anybody solve it?

The mystery? Can anybody solve it?

Hi guys, The names Ben. It's nice to meet some fellow Roverites!

What I want to discuss is our 'mystery striker' bid.

It has been well documented recently, that we have made an 'improved' offer for our main strike target. Sources range from internet and newspaper articles, to what I consider a more trustworthy source, Sky Sports News.

Every source seems to tell a different story, one article will claim the mystery man is John Utaka, then a few hours later Sky Sports News will refute those claims.

Other names mentioned have been the likes of James Vaughan from Everton, Mame Buram Diouf from Manchester United, Nikica Jelavic from Rapid Vienna, and Tom Eaves from Oldham. None of which overly excite me. I think John Utaka is a good player, but we don't just need another good player, we need a good goalscorer. With his Premier League record for Portsmouth standing at a rather lacklustre 7 goals in 65 games.

Realistically I think we would be looking at a maximum 10 goal return for our investment, not a worthwhile risk in my opinion Nikica Jelavic has a far more impressive goalscoring record for Rapid Vienna, 25 goals in 70 games, but I consider him to be very similar to Kalinic, can we really afford to have another relatively unproven striker, who will take a season to adapt to the English playing style?

I think at the most, he would score 13 goals for us. I have always been impressed with James Vaughan on the very rare occasion I have seen him play. But 7 goals in 46 Premier League games for Everton doesn't suggest to me that he will bring us the 15-20 goals we desperately need. I appreciate that the above stats may not be 100% accurate (don't worry, we can't really pull you up on that - ed) and the games played aren't all starts, but regardless none of the above have outstanding goal scoring records.

Perhaps the most promising prospect out of the 5 players named above, is Mame Diouf from Man United, with a total of 29 goals in 63 games for Molde when he was based their permanently, and 4 goals in 12 games for them when United loaned him back to them last season. But, personally I would rather not rely on a loanee to bring us the goals we need.

Yes, it helps us in the short term, but if he scores 15+ goals, once the season is over United will undoubtedly want him back, and we will gain no long term benefit from such a deal. I don't know enough about Tom Eaves to form a valid opinion, but he has yet to make a first team start for Oldham, and more importantly, he has yet to score.

Do we really want to pin our hopes on a striker who has not yet even proven himself in the lower divisions? However, I don't believe the mystery man to be any of the aforementioned players.

Call it wishful think or blind optimism, but I just have a gut feeling that we will surprise a few people with an unexpected signing, that could be considered a coup for a club of our stature. As to whom the player could be, I wouldn't even know where to begin with a guess, there are so many quality strikers out there, it could be any one of them.

I would like to think it's someone like Asamoah Gyan, but that is definitely wishful thinking, especially considering we are cash strapped, at least until one of the proposed parties completes their takeover. N.B. I know Gyan does not have an amazing goal scoring record, but I think he is a quality player, and I believe he would adapt to the English playing style very well What do you guys think, are we going to sign the goal scorer we have desperately been missing since Roque left? Or will we end up with another 10 goal a season striker?

*Welcome to the VB nation Ben, this is an article I received from the man himself yesterday.

Join The Vital Debate

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

Date:Thursday August 5 2010
Time: 10:42AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Bellew Wants Lebedev Next


Welcome aboard Ben. Great to get article suggestions!!! You are now an official VBer!
Mikey Delap
05/08/2010 10:45:00
Thanks for posting the article, Mikey =) I hope I am right on this one, I would hate for us to end up with another JR calibre striker.
05/08/2010 12:45:00
what a way to make an entrance! superb article there mate, welcome aboard :D
05/08/2010 14:08:00
Thank you, Mr. Sasman =) I honestly will be gutted if we do end up with another average striker. Fingers crossed though. I really hope this Syed guy wins the takeover battle, he is making all the right noises, and hopefully we would have a little bit more financial clout in all future transfer windows.
05/08/2010 14:30:00
Great article, I agree with all you say on the other potential strikers we have rumoured to be signing. I would really Like Gyan as well his game fits right in with the English style but his asking price is so high now not sure with even the take over money it would be value for money. Man Utd were very clever when they signed Hernandez before the world cup for a £8m which is much smaller than what he would be valued at today after his successful world cup.
05/08/2010 14:32:00
Good stuff mate, defo what we need a 15-20 goal man. they all just seem to be a little out of our price range but you never know. we haven't spent anything yet so one big money signing may just surprise a few people.
05/08/2010 15:28:00
Gyan would be an excellent signing - we could do with someone with his pace to do what Bellamy did for us during his short spell and play off the target man. Is the new Diouf particularly pacey?
05/08/2010 22:04:00
I thin Diouf is a pacey striker, I have not seen a great deal of him to be honest. But, he will bring something different to the team, which is always a good thing. There are reports floating around that he will sign on loan today, let's hope we make our permanent striker signing soon too. Gyan is good, but not worth 20 million, I agree on that. Let's hope it is not just wishful thinking, and that we do end up with a gem!
06/08/2010 13:09:00
If we end up with 3 10 goal a season players, does that not equal 1 30 goal a season player? :-)
06/08/2010 18:53:00
i think Dioufy could be there to challenge Hoillet. They seem like similar players, lets hope Dioufy can put it in the back of the net.....rkn he and El Hadji will get along? lol
07/08/2010 00:34:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Gallagher's Forest Delight

Gallagher's brace against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday not only took the Southampton loanees tally to five-goals for Blackburn but it also helped us to an important first league win.

Vital Pre-Match - Championship, 21st-22nd October

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of matches this weekend, which will see us among those having a match in this upcoming schedule with three-points the aim of course.

Match Day Officials v Bristol City (22/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Bristol City this Saturday.

Coyle - Win The Most Important Thing

A win was needed, with Owen Coyle gaining his first for Blackburn in the Championship since his arrival at Ewood Park after a two-one win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
Mikey Delap
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bristol City v Blackburn
Suggested By:
Blackburn win0%
Bristol City win0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 13 9 1 3 28 16
2 Norwich 13 8 3 2 27 8
3 Brighton 13 7 4 2 25 8
4 Huddersfield 13 8 1 4 25 3
5 Birmingham 13 6 5 2 23 5
6 Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 21 0
7 Bristol City 13 6 2 5 20 5
8 Brentford 13 5 4 4 19 7
9 Q.P.R. 13 5 4 4 19 -2
10 Reading 13 5 4 4 19 -4
11 Fulham 13 4 6 3 18 -1
12 Ipswich 13 4 5 4 17 1
13 Preston 13 5 2 6 17 0
14 Leeds Utd 13 5 2 6 17 -2
15 Barnsley 13 5 1 7 16 1
16 Wolves 13 4 4 5 16 0
17 Forest 13 4 3 6 15 -2
18 Aston Villa 13 2 8 3 14 -1
19 Burton 13 3 5 5 14 -2
20 Derby County 13 3 5 5 14 -3
21 Blackburn 13 3 3 7 12 -7
22 Cardiff 13 3 3 7 12 -10
23 Wigan 13 2 5 6 11 -2
24 Rotherham 13 1 3 9 6 -18
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 5:30PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment