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Should Rovers have re-signed Sutton?

When Chris Sutton was a free agent he was being rumoured with a return to Blackburn Rovers. The club quickly shot down this talk and he eventually signed for Aston Villa.

The veteran striker, who won the Premiership Title with Rovers a staggering TWELVE SEASONS AGO made his first Villa start on Sunday against us, playing a prominent part in their win.

"I thought Chris did very well indeed. He was out on his feet at the end of the game but he made a good contribution. He played alongside Juan Pablo, who is similar in ability in terms of holding the ball up and bringing people into play," said Villa boss Martin O'Neill after the game.

The man working miracles at Villa Park since taking over the reigns in the summer added:

"I thought Sutton played great for us. He is sore all over the place but it is his first start of the season. He had cramp everywhere.

"He is very good and, if he can stay injury-free, then he will definitely be an asset from now until the end of the season."

Having taken Sutton to Celtic, where he enjoyed much success O'Neill acted quickly to snap up the 33-year-old on a short-term contract recently and although I haven't seen a great deal of Sutton since he linked up with Villa I have been very impressed with what I have seen.

I think the general opinion was that Sutton was too old and too injury prone to have made an impact at Ewood Park again and although I'm not sure where he would have fit in maybe we have missed a trick by not luring another player back (as we had Stephane Henchoz) on a free transfer.

Maybe Sutton could have held the ball up for Benni McCarthy and been a target man you often need in a partnership?

Should we have brought Chris Sutton back to Ewood Park when we had the chance? Have your say for or against below…

Meanwhile Belgian under-21 International Stijn Demset (that is the name being reported on Sky Sports but I've been lead to believe it is Stijn De Smet?) is to spend four days on trial at Ewood Park in January.

The midfielder who currently plays for Rovers' feeder club Cercle Brugge is said to have caught Mark Hughes' eye and the Belgian club have agreed to let him train with us in the new year which could bring a possible January transfer window move to England?

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 7 2006

Time: 9:00AM

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I believe we were rite not to re-sign Sutton, he's a decent player now and would have offered hold-up play which we dont have at the club at the min, but I believe that we are in good shape upfront and when you take into account that the front 2 really have been only playing together for 3months, there's a lot more to come im sure, plus Roberts has been really unlucky. Hughes likes his trails dosnt he?! Im sure if the young lad is any good he'll be signed, But midfield needs a couple of players just to strenghten it at the min.
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07/11/2006 09:23:00

That would be the plus points of re-signing Sutton but with McCarthy plus one from Nonda, Jeffers, Roberts or even Gallagher more often than not combining well we would have lost that. With McCarthy often coming deep then maybe this wouldn't have worked anyway? Spary CERTAINLY does love his trials doesn't he. If he likes the look of him its good he'll have a closer look, could be just what we are after? Midfield REALLY needs sorting out.
Hughes Da Man
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07/11/2006 09:59:00

We were definately right in not bringing Sutton in as a striker, however, maybe there was a (possibly controversial) arguement for getting him in as cover all over the park - He used to be a decent defender, and in our European match he was their match winner in a more defensive role by marking Tugay out of the game. I actually wonder if he would have been able to stand in for Reid given our current monstrosity of an injury list.
Head Rover Heels
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07/11/2006 11:53:00

Good point Head Rover Heels on a short term basis he arguably could have filled in in most positions at least in a central role through the side.
Hughes Da Man
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07/11/2006 12:10:00

Signed Sutton - No - Sorry I have never been a big fan of his... Why let Dickov go and then sign Sutton - they are as good as each other. On the midfield side - I said this at the beginning of the season. Bellamy's departure meant that Sparky had to look to sorting out his options up front rather than in midfield and with Reid and Savage out it's looking desperate
Ex Ewood Resident
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07/11/2006 12:19:00

Oh yeah I agree Ex but now we'll see Hughes turn his attention to Midfield, im sure he'll bring in the quality that is needed, he has everyother poistion in the team after all
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07/11/2006 13:44:00

well i think no aswell to sutton but i think we should a signed Agath because we could sell neill with no problem them :D
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07/11/2006 18:14:00


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