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Patience is the Key

Patience is the Key

Mark Hughes is likely to find this summer testing his patience in a bid to land the players he wants to strengthen his Blackburn Rovers squad.

Sparky's number one target reamins Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy but until Rafa Benitez completes his summer spending we won't know whether he is available or not.

Hughes will use most of his summer transfer budget on strengthening his strike-force, and the club accept they may have to dig deep to land the calibre of player they are looking for.

Chairman John Williams said: 'I think it's an open secret that we'd like another striker at the club and strikers don't usually come cheap.

'You are less likely to unearth an absolutely unheard of gem up front than you are perhaps in the back four, and Chris Samba comes to mind when I say that.

'The reality is if you are going to spend serious money then you have to be absolutely certain it's the right man to come to Ewood.

'You have to make sure the guy is right for the club, and vice versa.

Hughes is happy with the general make-up of his squad but he believes the signing of a top-line striker will enable Rovers to push for a top-six spot next season.

Now I for one agree that this is the right approach, if we get to the end of the transfer window and are still in possession of Morten Gamst and Benni McCarthy then it has been a successful transfer window from our point of view.

As Rovers fans we are use to not spending till later on in the Summer, in fact the majority of the best deals have been done towards the very end of the window.

Sit tight lads... it could be a long one.

Mikey Gamst, VB Multi Tasker.


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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Friday June 15 2007
Time: 10:41AM


As the greatest rock singer to ever live, Axl Rose said "We just need a little patience"
15/06/2007 12:00:00
Couldn't agree more. So long as we keep all our big names then we have a good enough squad as it is to do damage next season without much need to bring in anyone. However I wouldn't say no to one or two big names like Bellamy.
15/06/2007 12:19:00
We need the injection of quality like all teams need. But not too much tampering...that will just harm things.
15/06/2007 12:21:00
This transfer window has been one that can't end soon enough for me.. heaps of transfer speculation about our players going elsewhere and very little news on who's coming the other way... bring on September!!
15/06/2007 12:40:00
I just hope Benitez isn't relying on flogging Bellamy before he works out how much he has to spend - Mind you, i guess there's always the "agreement in priniple" idea.
Head Rover Heels
15/06/2007 13:16:00
Yeah dude, like you say we are used to waiting and this is the approach we take. Sparky will only get players in that will impriove us, and we don'ty need much improvement at all do we if ALL stay and remain seriously injury free.
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 13:40:00
Bents4eng - Great call dude, the transfer window brings wave after wave of talk linking out players with moves away, the sooner the window SLAMS shut the sooner minds can be put at rest, until January 1st 2008 anyway lol!
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 13:42:00
Same old story for us lol. Every player is linked with leaving, one does go. We sign 3 players we have never heard of in the last week before season starts, and we get 2 kids on loan
15/06/2007 13:49:00
LOL do you work for Social Services or something Sasman??? getting kids on loan, you must be fostering hehe. That is generally how Sparky does his business and its sometimes a nice surprise, a la Samba!
15/06/2007 14:19:00
As Mr.Williams says, it is much harder to find a bargain up front than at the back. We may need to spend more to get what we want, perhaps gamble.
15/06/2007 14:35:00
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