Nonda Staying With Blackburn
Some reports are suggesting that Shabani Nonda's season-long loan spell with Blackburn Rovers could come to an early end in January; the player himself has denied this.
When speaking to L'Equipe the 29-year-old DR Congo International captain, on loan form Italian club Roma said:
"When I joined Blackburn, I was looking for a team that could offer me opportunities of first-team football.
"A forward depends a lot on his adaptation to the team's style, and my team-mates also have to understand my game.
"We are an English style team, very physical, but I have to adapt. Anyway I am here and I will stay.
"Some players want to leave, others want a prolongation of their contract, I don't know."
Personally I feel despite a lot of effort Nonda has found the Premiership hard going, and although it does take time to adjust I'm not sure he can or will do so, but I hope I'm wrong. If not then I very much doubt his deal will be extended beyond the end of the season.
Meanwhile one of my personal favourites Matt Derbyshire has come in for praise from Mark Hughes as he looks to force his way into the first team set-up at Ewood Park, maybe even at the expense of Nonda? Sparky said:
"Matt did well when he came on. I wanted to carry the fight to Newcastle and take the ball into the opposition's half.
"He did that. He is a young lad who is still finding his way but he did what I wanted of him.
"Matt will be better for the time spent on the pitch as well."
The more first team involvement Matt gets the quicker he will develop and his eight goals in eight matches return he has in the reserves this season may well be replicated in the senior side sooner rather than later…
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