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Rovers Rejection

The annual January sales are upon us again and traditionally this is the time when Mark Hughes works some magic to find 'cheap as chips` bargains.

Ryan Nelsen, Aaron Mokoena and David Bentley are three that stand out and Hughes will be aiming to improve the squad further with similar deals. However, as the transfer rumour mill goes into overdrive, I can`t help but feel concerned regarding Rovers` ability to attract quality players to the club.

Granted Hughes has pulled off two major coups in his time as manager of Rovers, convincing first Craig Bellamy and more recently, Benni McCarthy, that their futures lie at Ewood Park, but it seems a number of other players reject the chance. Alas, before we signed McCarthy, Rovers fans had to endure the long summer saga with Mido.

He was highlighted as the club`s first choice striker and after a fee was agreed with Roma it looked inevitable that he would become a Rovers player. However, after months of dithering Mido eventually decided to stay with Roma and hope for a bid from Tottenham. His wish was granted and he is now enjoying himself with the Tottenham reserves.

Another exciting prospect seemingly passed up the chance to play for Rovers in the summer; Antonio Valencia, who eventually signed for Wigan. More recently, and the catalyst for this article, was the decision from highly rated Norwegian midfielder, Kristofer Haestad, to opt for Wigan instead of Rovers.

This came as a shock to me as I have long admired the attributes of Haestad and was adamant he would sign for Rovers. So why hasn`t he? Everything seemed in place for him to join his band mate, Morten Gamst Pedersen at Rovers.

I can only hope that Hughes pulled out of any deal but I can`t understand why. The mooted transfer of David Dunn will be resolved in the next couple of weeks but Haestad has the potential to be Robbie Savage`s replacement. He is a tough tackling midfield player with plenty of energy and flair. He would have provided additional options in midfield, the area Rovers are lacking in the most.

Haestad has only joined Wigan on loan but that makes even more perplexing reading as to why Hughes didn`t take up that option, being such an advocate of that approach to bringing players in.

My concern is that he in fact opted for Wigan over Rovers and could that have been down to something Gamst has said? If he actually did decide to choose another club as notorious other targets such as Mido did then that doesn`t bode well for Rovers.

With a number of players linked with Rovers how many will actually see the club as an attractive prospect?

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Writer:Roversman
Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
Time: 8:04PM

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As much as I fully trust Hughes and his judgement I am becoming a tad concerned that we sometimes struggle to attract average players, let alone quality players to the club.
roversman
02/01/2007 20:07:00
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Some players (Mido for example) would only want to use the club as a stepping stone or ask for too much; and with the millions not available to Rovers we have to work to a budget. We could end up like Leeds if we dive in couldn't we. Our geographical location doesn't help to a degree, but we are much like most other clubs in the League that the real top players only want to go to the real top clubs in the League. For this to happen we have to be one of these giants, but to do this we need the players, for this we need consistent League placements, its tough but signs are that maybe we could start doing this?
Hughes Da Man
02/01/2007 21:03:00
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Also I only want players to play for the club that want to be here, I know its a job to them all when all is said and done but if they don't want to be here then we don't want them. regarding the Haestad deal if he wouldn't get in then would it have even been worth him arriving? MGP's long term future is away from Ewood I'm sure and if the chance came up for him to go I think he'd take it without thinking too much about it so this follows the lines you say about him maybe talking to his good friend Haestad?
Hughes Da Man
02/01/2007 21:07:00
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I think you're lucky having missed out on Mido. He's very mid'o the road. Not quality...
MerckZ
02/01/2007 21:45:00
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I would hate to see you lose Nelsen...he's quality.
sandgroanun
02/01/2007 21:51:00
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I don't know really, can't make my mind up on Mido. He cost us FAR too many months in the summer by not deciding what to do hence we missed out on strengthening other areas as a result, namely midfield. Mido and McCarthy could be some partnership but I couldn't see him staying for long as he doesn't stay many places for very long!
Hughes Da Man
02/01/2007 21:55:00
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Believe me sandgroanun ALL Rovers fans would hate to lose Nelsen, just missing him trough injury is bad enough!
Hughes Da Man
02/01/2007 21:56:00
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I dont think Blackburn has trouble attracting players, Mido always wanted to head back to Spurs so thats nothing to worry about, Hestad going on loan is nothing really to worry about either, maybe Hughes wants to see wot he can do in the 1st team of a premier league side b4 buying, or maybe he has better options on the cards
Clint
03/01/2007 09:11:00
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Lads... Remember that there are loads of factors that players consider, the ones alreadt mentioned include Location, Money and Profile of a club. But also there is a degree of how often will they play first team football. Haestad is probably guaranteed that at Wigan, where as at Blackburn he is going to have to compete with Bentley, Reid, Savage, Tugay and even The Axe. Sometimes players who want to make a name or reinvent themselves (like Bellars) will go to a club "with potential". As well as that, the club itself can influence a player, who plays there, the manager (and we can't ask for better), the training facilities, etc...
Ex Ewood Resident
03/01/2007 10:10:00
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I for one didn't want to see Mido at Rovers, I don't like cocky, full of themselves, players like him, with ego's that would fill Ewood Park. Benni has proven to be far far better.
Ex Ewood Resident
03/01/2007 10:12:00
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