Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
With the news that Blackburn Rovers are likely to take up the option to sign on-loan striker Shabani Nonda from Roma in a £2 million deal, Clint shares his thoughts.
At the start of the season I was quite glad to have to have a player with his High reputation linked to Rovers, having played for some clubs like Rennes, Monaco and more lately Roma, he was expected to live up to this.
At Rennes he scored 30 goals in 62 matches, Monaco was 57 goals in 5 seasons, although granted most of these goals were limited to the first 3 seasons with him not playing much for the rest of his time there for one reason or another (his long-term injury mainly.) His move to Roma was for him a bit of a disaster although 8 starts did yielded 5 goals.
Rovers have now picked him up with an option to buy that Hughes seems happy to exercise. I do think we have a player who if given the confidence can and probably will score goals in the Premier League - 16 starts and 8 goals for us is not a bad return after all.
However at £2m for effectively what is going to be our 4th choice striker is this value for money, will Nonda get the games needed for him to shine and win over the fans? I don't know but like I said its not many that knowingly come into a club to be back-up to the main strike force and are happy with this situation.
I quite like his effort but does he give Hughes something different up front than he has with Benni, Roberts and Derbyshire?? It remains to be seen but judging by this season I think we could do better elsewhere. This may sound harsh and he may just have taken a year to settle but I don't think he'll get the games to turn my (and only my) views around.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND SUBMITTED BY CLINT.
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Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
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