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Do We Really Need New Players?

Do We Really Need New Players?

KevDP4L has done an assessment on the current Blackburn Rovers squad to see if we REALLY do need to sign anyone...

Just thought I'd do an assessment of what Blackburn really need to bring in during the summer in my opinion.

Goalkeeper
We all know that Brad is in fact the best keeper on the world, so no need to change there. Problems may arise if he gets injured, because it's unknown yet whether or not Brown can fill in well enough.

Centre-Backs
Samba & Nelsen really is the best centre back pairing we've had in a while and with Ooijer returning from injury next season, that's 3 top quality centre backs, with Zurab as cover as well.

Full-Backs
Two good full-backs in Emerton & Warnock, however doesn't appear to be much in the way of cover. I'm told Berner is a full-back, but without having seen him much, I can't comment on him. If needed Zurab, Ooijer & Mokoena could perhaps act as cover, but you'd want at least one natural full-back to cover.

Centre Midfield
Very strong in the centre. You've Savage who'll put himself about all over the place. Mokoena who's usually pretty solid in front of the back 4. Tugay & Dunn give the option of player makers in the centre. Then there's Reid as well, who adds pace and strength going forward, and as we all know, can score from almost anywhere in the oppositions half.

Wingers
On the wings we have two players who are being linked with moves to the big 4 almost every day. On the left Pedersen provides brilliant skill, wonderful goals & brilliant assists. On the right Bentley... well he does pretty much the same! Very little in terms of cover for these two again however, with the best option being to push central players out.

Strikers
The Roberts - McCarthy partnership really started to click towards the end of the season and looked strong. However Derbyshire too always has an eye for goal whenever he plays. Maybe another striker is required, as the board have already pointed out.

So to sum up I think we need another striker & maybe one or two natural wide-players as back-ups. Perhaps I'm being unfair to Brown having not seen him play, but another back-up keeper may also be worth having.

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Writer:Walker
Date:Saturday June 16 2007
Time: 6:01PM

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Good stuff dude, so good I thought it was worthy of a place on the articles page also :)
I think it is a pretty fair assesment Kev, although I am not quite sure about needing another goalkeeper. The wide player theory depends on players staying (in my opinion) as what we have, and have coming through is sufficient to see su through I think. IF (that big if!) Benni goes then WITHOUT any doubt we need another striker, we probably do either way but I would settle for a loan signing if needed should Benni stay and Shabani Nonda also sign after his loan.
Hughes Da Man
16/06/2007 18:07:00
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I think sergio peter is probably excellent cover on the left and maybe Gallagher on the right? also emerton can (just about) play right wing.. Think we could def do with a right sided defender to strengthen the squad though
Bents4eng
16/06/2007 18:18:00
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I'm with you dude I REALLY do rate Sergio, and with Keith Treacy coming through too, the future is bright, the futures blue and white (I think roversman says that?!?!)
I'm going to bite my tongue on the right-back issue though LOL!
Hughes Da Man
16/06/2007 18:41:00
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I would guess your main concern is keeping the players you have, McCarthy, MGP, or bentley would all be huge losses. I have been really impressed with the work mark hughes has done developing your side, your spine looks really strong, I am sure you will know what I mean when I say your defenders, defend. you have a really strong centre midfield, with savage and in particular Reid it will be like having two new players in the squad.
oxfordspur
16/06/2007 18:50:00
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I think wing wise we are sorted as Paul Gallagher is criminally underused. the right back spot could with a bit of reinforcment. I agree with HDM in that Treacy and Peter are great options as well. Lets not forget Andy Taylor too.
MikeyGamst
16/06/2007 19:31:00
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we've definately got a squad full enough of quality players to make a push on from last season, especially with the increasing links between us and koumas, i do rly think this would be a top signing, because it would mean we would have a midfield large enough to make big changes between league and europe, thats if(fingers crossed) we make it into the uefa cup! im genuinly excited about rovers' near future!
whitey_82003
16/06/2007 19:59:00
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Oh yeah. I completely forgot about Gally & Peter when I wrote that. Well just goes to show we're even more solid than I made us out to be!
KevDP4L
16/06/2007 20:42:00
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You can never have enough quality strikers!
sandgroanun
16/06/2007 22:57:00
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oxfordspur - Firstly, thanks a lot for what you said, nice to hear. That is very true dude, although I think it would be beneficial to sign two or three players I still think so long as we keep what we have here we'll be more than OK next season (so long as long-term injuries are avoided)
Hughes Da Man
16/06/2007 23:53:00
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MikeyGamst - I HOPE Andy Taylor can have a part to play but I worry for his future. I know he is still youg but I think next season will need to see a breakthrough for him (in terms of at least making squads, and not just due to injuries) or he may well move on.
Hughes Da Man
16/06/2007 23:55:00
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