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Santa Cruz on the cusp

Santa Cruz on the cusp

Roque Santa Cruz is on the brink of a loan return to his former club Blackburn Rovers.

Cruz left 18 months ago to chase the dream and the cash at Man City but the dream turned into a nightmare with a £17.5 million move turning into a disaster.

Injuries and a lack of first team opportunities have meant Cruz is now very much surplus to requirements at Eastlands and Rovers boss Steve Kean has moved in to bag him on loan.

The Guardian is reporting - 'Roberto Mancini's gradual easing out of Mark Hughes's signings at Manchester City is accelerating with Roque Santa Cruz likely to be next to join the exodus, the striker poised to rejoin Blackburn Rovers to end an 18-month spell better known for his injuries rather than goals.

Santa Cruz has scored only four times since joining City in July 2009 and Hughes's year-long pursuit to bring him to Eastlands, for £17.5m, now looks to have been one of the more wasteful transfers of modern times.

In total, Santa Cruz started eight games, with another 16 substitute appearances. The Paraguay international has earned around £6m in wages and was so marginalised this season he did not even make Mancini's 25-man squad for the Europa League. Instead the striker would often be seen cycling into the club's practice ground to train on his own.

Lazio have been trying to lure him to Italy but Santa Cruz's family is settled in the north-west of England and he is close to finalising a loan move to return to the club where he scored 23 goals in the 2007-08 campaign, his one season in English football when he has not been troubled by injury issues. If everything goes according to plan, including a stringent medical examination, a deal to the end of the season could go through in time for him to make his debut at Chelsea on Saturday.'

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday January 13 2011
Time: 9:50AM

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Mixed feelings about this one to be honest but if we can keep him fit he is a quality player given the right service...
Mikey Delap
13/01/2011 10:04:00
This is a good move, IMO. It's only a 6 month loan, so if it does not work out it's not like we will lose vast amounts of money. If it does work out on the other hand, we will once again have another good striker in our team (once the move is made permanent) I think this is a shrewd piece of business by Kean/Venky's.
13/01/2011 10:10:00
Did he train under Kean when he was a Blackburn? They might have a good working relationship if he did....cheers
13/01/2011 11:29:00
can finally get out my red and black away shirt again :D i was sad when he left because its my favorite shirt, but it has his name on it.
13/01/2011 12:32:00
I think Kean was here after Cruz left....
Mikey Delap
13/01/2011 12:38:00
I think this is a good move - he has something to prove and a full contract to pay for. If it doesnt work he goes back to City and we look elsewhere. He could end up fired up and score a bag full and everyone is a winner !! lets get him back !!
13/01/2011 13:08:00
Not too sure what to think really it's just the injuries that let him down. We need him playing 30 games a season to get the best out of him. If it is a Loan deal hopefully the buy price agreed in principle for the summer if both teams are happy at the end of it. Would be nice if Wright-Phillips came with him as well I think they're both wasted at City.
13/01/2011 13:38:00
LMAO@LHrover, i still feel the same way about Bellamy on mine lol. If he's fit, plays with a purpose and a passion then a very good deal!
mutts nutts
13/01/2011 13:53:00
Checked out the Barcelona lad Rochen on YouTube and he looks very good. Not too sure why they would want to sell him really.
13/01/2011 13:53:00
could be a shrewd move. with Junior and Olsen providing the crosses, R SC should be able to deliver the goals
13/01/2011 14:33:00
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