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Beef Up the Rovers Midfield

Beef Up the Rovers Midfield

Vital Blackburn's most recent poll, suggested by MikeyGamst asked, "Which area of the field do Rovers need to strengthen most by the start of next season?" Most concede the Midfield department needs addressing.

With injuries effecting Rovers throughout the side during the 2006-2007 season we did cope, but the most notable area that needs looking at during the summer is midfield, and 54% believe this.

We eventually coped but injuries highlighted the need for something else to be added to the midfield during the summer, something we needed last summer but wasting so much time on Mido eventually cost us this!

Defence gets a surprisingly high 22%, as for me this is a VERY solid foundation for us, obviously when all are fit! I would suggest this is simply as a result of so many feeling we need to bring in a right-back?!?!

Attack is our strongest area according to this poll, and rightly so and least needs looking at. 21% do believe we need change, but I would suggest A LOT depends on what Sparky decides to do with Benni McCarthy, who could be whinging all summer…

As much as I admire the thought, the 3% that feel we are looking good in all areas need a re-think? I'll say we are not far from this, a few players coming in, some more youngsters maybe coming through and others already here staying and yes we are nearly there.

So in summary
Defence - 22%
Midfield - 54%
Attack - 21%
Nowhere, we're looking good all over the pitch - 3%

With only a few games played in May we won't do the usual positional break down before deciding a Player of the Month, we'll dive straight in taking ALL that played into account, so the current poll is asking, "Player of the Month for May?"

As for what you think, cast your vote and why not have your say on the latest polls findings…

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Date:Thursday May 17 2007
Time: 11:42PM

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How useful would the likes of Jonathan Douglas (pictured above) have been this season in our hour of need in midfield?!?! I ALWAYS liked the guy and felt he was unlucky not to get more game time, thought that maybe this season could have been his time, but it wasn't to be and he left.
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 23:46:00
I guess we now look for names of potential signings, particularly midfielders, as this area needs the most work this summer? Anyone got any realistic names in mind?!?!
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 23:47:00
My take on this, we will be overrun with midfielders come august with reidy and sav due back. If there is quality available then by all means lets bring them in, but no need to strengthen there otherwise. We need a right back and cover for centre half unless Henchoz stays OR berner is competent there, just in case! Up front, with Jeffers and possibly Gally leaving, never mind Moani McCarthy, we could still do with another quality acquisition, whether this turns out to be my fellow countryman, Craig Bellamy, we will have to see. I would be looking, if i were Sparky anyhow, to provide some depth in some key areas (by key, i mean right back!!) and maybe the luxury of a "big" name maybe?
17/05/2007 23:53:00
As for names, well, strikers I would like to see sparky looking at would be Gabbidon, classy centre half and can play RB too, Robert earnshaw, Freddie Eastwood maybe? David Nugent is another altho I think he will go to Everton and NO i dont want Beattie back, thanks.
17/05/2007 23:55:00
yep right back is the go for the defence. I am surprised the midfield got such a high rating.... I think Mokoena has filled in pretty welll, Dunn will only get better once his fitness/match time increases. As well we have two of the best wingers in the prem league playing week in week out. Add to this mix the experience and poise on the ball of Tugay and that is without mentioning Savage and Reid to come back into the side and Peter doing his back up thing. No I think now if we can keep this squad together i.e. Benni and Gamst not sodding off to every club under the sun if you believe the tabloids then I think Hughes is in a great position to add QUALITY to the squad. I think the caliber of players we have at the club means that if we buy we are in the position that anyone who comes in will have to be bloody good to get in the team - bar right back, and dont get me wrong I think Emo has done a great job filling in there (far better than he ever did as a winger). a right back and quality hmmmm Im excited about next season already :) Isnt that a wonderful feeling, I hope it lasts the whole summer?!?!
18/05/2007 00:18:00
And the award for the most Carry on style double entendre filled Vital article headline goes to......
18/05/2007 00:24:00
I think we've fine in midfield.. We have 2 quality wingers and Peter and possibly Gallagher as cover. Up front, assuming all stay, we should be fine too: the only question mark hanging over Nonda's ability (I think he'll probably be ok as a 4th choice tbh!).. If Benni does leave we'll obviously have to look elsewhere, but Sparky can deal with that if/when it happens. At the back is the only area I see needing better cover. We still have no real right-back... and although Emerton's done a good job... he's no defender (warnock's evil right-footed twin would be perfect!). Overall I don't see a massive summer of signings unless we let some go. Most likely I think we'll see a few more youngsters like Berners coming in who we'll forget about until they come good in 3 years!!
18/05/2007 00:40:00
I'd go for: Danny Murphy- 30.5, Giles Barnes-19.5, Jason Koumas-28
18/05/2007 09:07:00
BomBom - When you think about it like that with the midfielders we have coming back from injury we are looking pretty strong aren't we, the chages (touch wood) of having another injury riduled season like we did this aren't that great (again touch wood!) so with players coming in an doing a job we know we can rely on them, and with others, such as Warnock and Emerton that could push up if REALLY needed we should be sound. If we could pick up someone cheap then why not, if not I'm pretty happy with what we have really and maybe we could look to really bringing someone through from the academy or reserves in the next year or so as some of these come to the end of their days?!?! Nugent WOULD be a top, top signing but I also doubt we'd get him. Gabbidon is class but wouldn't be willing to stay out of the side and I'm still not convinced about Earnshaw, Eastwood is unproven but I get a good vibe from him but I'd rather Sparky turned to himself coming out of retirement than bringing back Beattie, even though he hasn't played for a few years he would probably do a better job lol!
Hughes Da Man
18/05/2007 09:50:00
AustRover - Couldn't agree more, I think most of us are excitted about next season aren't we and genuinely feel that the current squad of players we have, with maybe one or two additions (maybe if this even came from within the current set-up, academy side etc?!?!) are as good as ANY below the top four, and WILL give ANY of the top four a game on the day. Keeping players is crucial though isn't it, lets keep our fingers crossed.
Hughes Da Man
18/05/2007 09:53:00
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