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Samba Earns Hughes' Seal of Approval

January transfer arrival Christopher Samba has earned great praise from Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes for his performance in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

The 22-year-old 400,000 purchase from Hertha Berlin last month seems to be settling in nicely and a good partnership with Ryan Nelsen developing. The paring, with the help of another nine men (plus the substitutes who also played their part!) helped us gain a replay after we became the first British club to successfully prevent Arsenal from scoring in their new Emirates Stadium.

"This was a big test for him against Arsenal," said Hughes.

"Obviously I had seen things when he came in on trial that I liked and that is why I bought him.

"He cost something like 400k which is a steal in this current market, so it was a big test for him but he stepped up to the mark and I thought he was magnificent.

"He is going to be a big player for us - literally!"

Samba certainly is a beast of a player, but somewhat of a gentle giant I feel. Early signs are promising, has Sparky picked up yet another gem at a rock bottom price? I know it's early days but what do you think? Comment below...

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Date:Tuesday February 20 2007

Time: 12:06AM

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The image is not very flattering to Samba is it! Unfortunately I don't yet have an image of him so used this one.
Hughes Da Man
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20/02/2007 00:10:00

he sounds like a hughes type of player, bit disappointed with our loan of Andy Taylor so far, fairly average.
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20/02/2007 00:10:00

He is looking good and signs are pointing towards another top quality signing at a rock bottom price. It takes a little time to adjust to the Premiership but he seems to be doing this pretty well.
Hughes Da Man
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20/02/2007 00:10:00

Taylor is a quality footballer so I'm surprised to hear he's not doing so well at Huddersfield. Could he be another with early promise failing to materalise? I hope not.
Hughes Da Man
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20/02/2007 00:11:00

obviously from ur moniker u tink hughes is d man !, mostly i agree but was suprised to see Jon Stead let go, wish we could tempt him back, !! sum chance.
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20/02/2007 00:15:00

He basically kept us up but then went badly off form and had to go for his own sake if nothing else. He's going a decent job at Sheffield United but without being diesrespect to either not sure he's at a level much higher than that? He'd certainly do a job back with you I'm sure.
Hughes Da Man
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20/02/2007 00:25:00

I think samba is a decent signing. One problem is that he remindes me of martin taylor when hes on the ball, looks a bit nervy. But hopefully that will pass.
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20/02/2007 13:13:00

He does look nervy on the ball but Nelsen is comfortable so it balances out. I think he has the tools to be a BIG player for Rovers (not just literally). Lets all do the Samba.
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21/02/2007 14:47:00


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