Date:Saturday May 19 2007
Another day, another rumour! This time linking Blackburn Rovers' Young Player of the Year Matt Derbyshire with a move to Liverpool.
According to The Times Rafael Benitez has been so impressed with 21-year-old Derbyshire's first full season (even though this has only technically been a half, two thirds at most!) that he is prepared to make a £4 million move for the England under-21 striker. This offer, as good as it may sound would clearly be rejected by the club, and the player, I would suggest as he LOVES it with his boyhood club of Rovers!
This is of course mere speculation but it just goes to show that the belief I had in Derbyshire long before he finally got a chance was well placed! Who would have thought that we could even (even in mere speculation!) see Derbs linked with a £4 million move away from Rovers, especially to a club like Liverpool, a loan move to a League One, maybe Championship side would have been more likely for most…
Meanwhile Derbyshire insists he WILL NOT be a one-season wonder. After a dream debut season he is keen to prove it was not a one off, and is looking to come back and improve even more next season:
"I've been delighted with the way things have gone this season. It's been beyond even my expectations," Derbyshire told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"Getting as many goals as I got this season was a delight for myself and if I can do that again next season, and get a bit stronger as well, then that would be great.
"The key for me now is to build on this.
"I've spoken to a couple of people about next season and the main thing is to get the games in.
"If I get the games then I'm confident I'll score goals at this level."
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Date:Saturday May 19 2007
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