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Rovers Let Two Go On Deadline Day

So the January transfer window has slammed shut, Blackburn Rovers didn't add to their earlier captures but two players did go out on loan.

David Dunn returned to Rovers from Birmingham for a fee around 2 million, Stephen Warnock from Liverpool for 1.5 million, Christopher Samba for 500,000 (or thereabouts) from Hertha Berlin and Bruno Berner for a nominal fee from Basle all in the latter part of the transfer window. All four signings are International standard (past or present, mainly present!) so will be very good additions to the squad all bringing with them experience as well as youth mainly, Berner being the oldest at 29.

No further arrivals came in at the last despite many of us thinking they would due to the fact Rovers could be severely lacking in midfield numbers should (god forbid!) anything happen to any of our midfielders, but in Mark Hughes we trust as always, he's rarely wrong.

Those leaving Ewood Park on deadline day were Andy Taylor and Tony Kane. Taylor being sent out on loan again this time to League One side Huddersfield Town until March following a loan spell with Crewe Alexandra earlier in the season with Kane going to our "feeder club" Cercle Brugge for the remainder of the current campaign, this followed a spell with Stockport County previously this term.

Have Rovers missed a trick by not attempting to bring in anyone else, have they missed out by not letting anyone else go, leave you comments below...

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 1 2007

Time: 4:00PM

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Lets hope we don't rue the fact we didnt bring in a midfielder, although we aren't made of money are we! Taylor and Kane will gain yet more valuable first team experience and all being well will return even better players with more hunger to break into the first team, or enjoy similar spells away with teams (with respect to those these signed for) of a higher standard, Premiership/Championship if indeed not the Rovers first team itself!
Hughes Da Man
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01/02/2007 16:04:00

I concur HDM, goodf luck to both, it can only benefit us in the long run
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01/02/2007 18:07:00

You'd hope wouldn't you BomBom, so I concur in return!
Hughes Da Man
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01/02/2007 23:53:00

just think what our midfield contains... Bentley, Gally or Dunn on the Right (with cover from Emerton) Gamst and Peter on the left (with cover from Steve Warnock), in the centre Tugay, Savage, Mokoena, Reid (next season) plus cover from Bentley and Dunn! You can't cover against all eventualities but I think that's a good midfield what we lacked was cover for Tugay to get balls through to Matt and Benni but Dunne will give us that, hopefully!
Ex Ewood Resident
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02/02/2007 12:14:00

An injury or two in midfield, obviusly can't be helped and we'll be in trouble, so a loan signing could have been handy, but we'll be OK for this season. I'd also like to think we'd maybe be able to add Keith Treacy as potential cover on he left side next season. The squad, let alone the midfield when all players are fit is very good, you can't help injuries can you, so when all are fit we'll have a lot of competiton and quality cover.
Hughes Da Man
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02/02/2007 12:23:00

I do think the midfield can cope, barring any further injuries, but a loan signing would have helped, but then again u would only bring in someone who could add to the team and they are to find in Jan. I think it shows faith in the team put together and hopefully this will benefit the team morale as a whole.
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02/02/2007 14:42:00

Errr, i would just like to point out here that, while EEW is correct in saying we have cover, how would you fell about a midfield containing Peter, Mokoena, Gally and Dunn? Not exactly a strong midfield is it? Putting Bentley inside, whilst reasonably effective, is taking away a very valuable, creative outlet on the right that Emo or Gally CANNOT replicate, same goes for Gamst on the other side. Mokoena is NOT a creative midfielder and IMO still looks very shaky on the ball, not comfortable at all. A loan signing of "decent" quality wouldve helped ease any imbalances within the midfield and provided experienced cover for the cup competitions as well as the league, much like Hughes has done with the signings of Samba and Berner and Warnock at the back. Look how effective Gally was at the tip of that diamond against chelsea, it took me 30 minutes to work out actually WHERE he was playing!!!!
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