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Are we missing Keith Andrews?

Hounded out of the club by the boo boys and after a fresh start, it seems there is no way back for Keith Andrews in a Rovers shirt.

Andrews made a loan move in the summer to Championship side Ipswich Town after a trouble heavy three year spell at Rovers.

Now I am not suggesting these two events are interlinked but since the split Andrews has been on fire for Ipswich with 4 goals from midfield in 10 starts and whilst away Rovers have slipped to bottom in the league in his absence.

It does however beg the question - are we a lesser side for the much maligned man's absence?

One glance at the midfield provides further talking points with Vince Grella constantly injured, David Dunn intermittently so and Radosav Petrovic yet to find his feet and struggling to play alongside the reasonably similar Steve N'Zonzi.

It probably doesn't help that the versatile Brett Emerton has left for home and is now on the other side of the world.

We're short in midfield and lacking a steadying influence.

Don't get me wrong, there were times that Keith Andrews looked short of the standard required in the Premier League but his effort and commitment to the cause (two things we lack at present) were not to be doubted.

And ever since leaving the club the players have been queuing up to remark about his total professionalism.

I think many in Championship are now seeing the Keith Andrews that some Rovers fans had hoped we'd get at Ewood Park - strong in midfield, a link to the attack in general play and chipping in with quality goals.

His displays for the Republic of Ireland are also full of endeavour and enterprise as he takes to international football like a duck to water.

He certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea and many will shoot me down for asking this but... In one of our darkest hours would Rovers actually benefit from having Keith Andrews in the squad rather than in Norfolk?

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 19 2011

Time: 9:23AM

Your Comments

expecting this to be fairly divisive!
Mikey Delap
No we are not. He is rubbish. We need a new midfielder though
rover23
No we are not. He is rubbish. We need a new midfielder though
rover23
I think this article would have been better if it was about Jermaine Jones! In this case I would have said absolutely. Keith Andrews wasn't really in the side much last season and when he was he didn't look too good. However, we have a weak squad thanks to Venky's - so another question should be... do we miss the Walker FamilyTrust... Or do we miss Big Sam?
FreidelNo.1
Agree with FriedelNo.1 its JJ we are missing not Andrews. Andrews has never been a premierleague player.
*Dave*
Agree with FriedelNo.1 its JJ we are missing not Andrews. Andrews has never been a premierleague player.
*Dave*
I think we are missing him. I said this before he left but what can we do now. Yes he is not one of the best in the world but he has a lot of heart like most Irish players do and that is what is missing from this team.
stevekally
NO WE ARE NOT!!! one of the worst players to ever wear a rovers top! Good to see him find his level again, which is not in the top league!!
davidoff986
Did we miss Nick Blackman when he was scoring goals in the SPL? No... When you send a player to a poor league, expect them to do well, doesn't mean they are good enough for the EPL. Let's just hope it means Ipswich take him off our hands in January.
Tombo1984
in a word. No. we do miss jermaine jones / savage esk player
LHrover
In my opinion it the admiral back on the pitch that rovers badly need
del
Agree totally with FN1!
BigNumber5
Yes at the moment but no in the long term... He is a useful player with limited potential... I doubt kean will recall him back
Choonz
He'd make no positive difference whatsoever whether we're a midfielder short or not. If you're not up to it, you're not up to it. Playing well in the Championship is a totally different thing to doing it in the Prem. Remember how many goals J-Rob scored for Wigan in the Championship? Doesn't manage to do it quite so much in the top flight, does he?
rossp2112
your a very very brave man Mikey... title gave me a laugh though
retroflair31
 

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