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Player Profile: Christopher Samba

Full Name: Christopher Veijeany Samba
Date of Birth: 28th March 1984, Creteil (France)
Nationality: Congolese
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 21
Internationals: Capped at Full level for DR Congo
Signed: January 2007
Previous Clubs: FC Rouen, CS Sedan Ardennes (Both France) & Hertha Berlin (Germany)

The giant Christopher Samba, quite literally as he measures in at 6 foot 4 inches in height, started his career in the country of his birth France.

Little is really known about Samba, christened "the Beast", or better still "the Wall" by us on Vital Blackburn, but more seems to be coming out all the time. What is known is Samba began his footballing career with FC Rouen before a move to Sedan, also a French club.

Despite making only a handful of appearances with Sedan, German giants Hertha Berlin recognised the quality in Samba and he transferred to Germany in 2004. His time in Germany saw him struggle to command a first team place, however he gained yet further experience and played in European competitions. With German and Croatian seasoned Internationals to battle with it is understandable as to why Samba played so few games for the German outfit.

The Congolese International was brought to the attention of Mark Hughes and he was invited over for a five-day trial during the January transfer window. After impressing sufficiently he earned a three and a half-year contract, signing for a bargain 400,000 as the 2007 January transfer window neared a close.

He may have been born in France but Samba plays his International football with DR Congo due to family connections, and has already amazed more than 20 International caps.

Upon his arrival at Ewood Park Samba immediately became a cult hero, before he even pulled on a Rovers shirt. After doing so this has only grown as has his reputation has with each game he plays, which is even more remarkable as he wasn't due to feature much, if at all this season. Hughes saw him more as one for the future but his performance in training and his powerful and commanding performances when given the chance along with his assurance on the ball; control and poise have seen him become one of the first names on Hughes' team sheet.

His first goal, probably one of many came against West Ham United in the Premiership in mid March.

With time very much on Samba's side he seems quite literally destined for a big future, with every penny of the 400,000 it cost to bring him over looking like money once again very well spent by Hughes.

Blackburn Rovers appearances and goals up to the start of the 2006-2007 Season
League: 0
FA Cup: 0
League Cup: 0
Other (European etc.): 0
TOTAL: 0 - 0 goals

Samba only signed in January 2007 so he has no previous Rovers data.


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The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 23 2007

Time: 12:30AM

Your Comments

The Wall has proved a great signing. The stereotypical view when he arrived would have been one of a clumsy giant of a player, he is ANYTHING but this. WHAT an inspired signing for a bargain 400,000! If we sold him now, which of course we don't want in this day and age could demand a fee of 4 million already?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Love the guy already. Tipped the missus and the cat off the couch as I jumped up and yelled at the telly when he scored :). Please though Hughes_da lets keep that thought well and truely out of everyones head. we now have 2 centre backs who are sparkling Jewels (Samba and Nelson), a quality left back who is only going to get better with games under his belt (Warnock), the only real issue (in defence) that I see is right back, dont get me wrong i like Emo and there is the possibility that Ooijer could play there when his leg heals but correct me if i am wrong but I dont think either of them are out and out right backs. Do we need another? Another great profile by the way Hughes_da! Might have to change your name to Hughes _da_is_da_Man...;)
AustRover
I do agree that although Emerton has done really well at rite back this season, he's not a full on defender, Zurab and Oojier are too slow to play at rtie back as Hughes likes his full backs to bomb forward, but i cant see anyone in the premiership that Rovers could buy that would do a better job, prob one of the kids will come through with the likes Tony Kane ( a great wee NI product ) With Samba and Nelsen in the middle i feel not a lot of strikers will want to come up against them 2 for the rest of the season let alone next season when they have worked together for a bit
Clint
I, much like Clint hope we see something of some more youngsters the like of Kane next season. Right back, as well as Brett has done is still the weakest area. Sparky rates Ooijer highly so he'll be wanting to fit him in, he's played a lot of his career at right back so think he will next season. He won't get forward like Brett but will defend slightly better. I too rate Ooijer, has a nightmare when he signed, but proved his true quality. I could see Brett moving into a more central midfield role. He can defend, is getting better and better, can pass the ball, will break up play and can get up and down. We keep saying we want the Maestro to groom someone, the Axe isn't blessed technically enough for this so how about Brett?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Many thanks AustRover, much appreciated. I've been getting a little hassle recently from someone who doesn't like my work AT ALL, the phrases "personally offensives" and "out of order" spring to mind with what they've done and said. Hearing you say things like you have gives a big two fingers up to them!!!
Hughes Da Man
Hughes Da Man I do agree that Emerton could def move into the centre and said it b4, I do think he would be better than Bentley has been when Hughes has moved him in there, not that Bentley cant play there but I think he loses a bit of his game and the team suffers from that, they miss his crosses from the rite
Clint
Couldn't agree more, Bents can play in the middle but we certainly do miss his service when he does.
Hughes Da Man
I also do think that Emerton is capable of playing in CM. The question is wether he's better than Reid/Savage/Dunn when fit ? Also, as far as the RB slot is concerned, I'd recommand on Chris Baird- a really decent one, from the saints. If not than maybe Bardsley can do the job.
IsraeliRover
I'd not think that Brett would be better than these, but maybe could be?!?! Chris Baird really burst on to the scene a few years back didn't he, played in the Cup Final when Southampton lost ddin't he as a 17, or 18-year-old didn't he. Seemed to have lost his way a bit since then but has, from what I can make out had a good season and is said to be returning to the Premiership this season one way or another.
Hughes Da Man
Emertons strongest position is definitly the right wingback role. Maybe its time for sparky to use warnock and emo in a right left wing back roles, allowing pederson and bently to get further up the pitch with mokoena holding until savage returns
sasman
Chris Baird is a little gem from the the North so kinda biased but dont really know if he's Premiership quality - yet??. Emerton would not have to play in the middle if the others were fit, but the fact is still that he could, if needed. Brett is a decent riteback but needs to polish up his tackling if thats to be his position for the club and I cant see why not, at least unlike his treacherous leach of a countryman, wants to play for Rovers
Clint
Hear, hear Clint!
Hughes Da Man
I think its time to move on from Lucas, remember, any publicity is good publicity so lets not mention him any more as he is not part of our squad, does not want to be involved with our squad and we have found a better replacement.
sasman
Hear, hear also to you sasman!
Hughes Da Man
ok sasman that sounds fair enough to me - Lucas Who??
Clint
 

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