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Where Are Blackburn Rovers Heading?

With so many of the "rumoured" Blackburn Rovers targets part of the "Dad's Army" brigade i'm_a_blackburn_rover shares his thoughts on the direction we are heading... or not!

I know I'm not the only one who visits newsnow every so often, but nearly every time I hit the Blackburn Rovers link there is at least one new 30+ or foreign player who is out of favour at his current club being linked with us. Gomaa (Wael Gomaa is the guy in the articles image for those of you that don't know?), Sheringham, Montella, Okkas just to name a few.

Now, before you all think I'm being critical of Hughes and his targets; I want to make it clear that I'm not. Hughes has produced some shrewd captures whilst at the Ewood throne and it is difficult to doubt this.

My problem is getting my head round where Hughes wants to take the club. The players mentioned above have good reputations, but as I've seen on other threads, it will not give the youngsters a chance to mature.

Yet you could look at it in the way that Sparky feels the youngsters at the club aren't developing at the rate in which he would like to see, therefore he is taking a gamble on them hoping that they will improve in the coming few years.

If this is the case, then we may see the 30 something's ending their careers with us as well as a vast amount of youngsters being released. Would this not put us back to square one?

Sorry to ramble on folks, but it is an issue that I can't get my head around. What do you guys think?

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 6 2006

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

You need both youth and experience but we seem to be leaning FAR too much in the experience stakes. The here and now is essential but you also have to plan for the future.... some of Sparky's rumoured targets aren't really doing that. You do worry that when the "Dad's Army" who might come in retire and the youngsters who will leave all go simutaniously we'll be royally screwed!
Hughes Da Man
How many young players have come through the 'ranks' and been a success? Dunny?? Duffer certainly, but who else?? The youngsters just don't seem to be able to cut it in the prem for whatever reason - Jemal Johnson, Neil Danns etc... all promised so much, offered so little
Wellsy
You also have to look at it this way though, they promise much but don't really get a chance, so if they don't get this chance they can't really deliver. Danns has gone on to do well, albeit at a lower level. JJ started well at Wolves.
Hughes Da Man
Now I can see this from both sides - Bringing through younger players will only aid them in becoming better players, in that the more games they play the more experience they get - Hughes bringing in older players can aid this development as well but this is from the younger players learning from them, which is good but is only through training, not the same in my view. Now I dont believe Sheringham @ 40 is any better than any of the young strikers we have at the club, if he came as coach then thats different. Is Gomaa any better than Andy Taylor or Tony Kane in the reserves??
Clint
It's just finding that fine balance isn't it. The longer the youngsters are overlooked the more likely it is they'll move on, espeically if they get a taste for 1st team football going out on loan... however the experience they can gain from the old guard coming in could be crucial, so long as it pays off. As for Gomaa I honestly haven't seen him play, all I can go on is what I've been told that he's some talent but not a young one. If he's not much better than Taylor and/or Kane I'd rather they came through.
Hughes Da Man
well with the lose at charlton ... well lets just say we're out of form at the moment we not looking very good
marshinrover
We'll be fine when Roberts, Reid and Nelson are back - we just have to struggle on until then.
Wellsy
We'll be fine I don't doubt this but unless we win the FA Cup or UEFA Cup we are looking as though European football next season is VERY much in doubt already.
Hughes Da Man
I feel its very unlikely we will be playing european football next season, especially on current form. As much as I love Blackburn Rovers and everything associated with them, I just cant see us cutting it near the top of the league in the forseeable future. Lack of firepower, wobbly in defence...? Something has to change!
im_a_blackburn_rover
I'd probably not disagree as sad as it is to say.
Hughes Da Man
 

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