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Rovers Heading For a Striker Crisis?

Rovers Heading For a Striker Crisis?

According to reports this week Jason Roberts is unhappy at Ewood Park due to personal reasons and is eager to move south to be nearer his family.

This, of course, follows on from the utterances of Benni McCarthy`s pining for a Champions League club (West Ham need not apply).

So, for the second consecutive summer, Mark Hughes could be forced to seriously re-think his plans should his preferred strike pairing leave for pastures new.

The club have already made a strong stance regarding Benni`s future, rebuffing all approaches for last season`s Premiership second top-goalscorer.

Chelsea has been credited with an interest with Jose Mourinho`s meddling tactics being used and recently West Ham were thought to lodge an offensive £6million bid.

Now it would appear as though Roberts is trying to hatch an escape route from our 'small town in Lancashire`. Charlton are rumoured to be sniffing around in light of these latest developments.

Roberts has been a surprisingly sought after forward this summer despite missing the majority of the last campaign through injury. Everton have been linked on numerous occasions as have Spanish sides including last years UEFA Cup winners Sevilla.

However, he himself said, at the end of the season, how happy he was and how he is going to try his utmost to convince Benni to stay. These don`t sound like the words of someone wanting to leave, unless things have changed behind the scenes.

Should he or McCarthy, or both, even leave then Hughes has some major work to do to restructure his striking options. Last summer this was the case following Craig Bellamy`s exit and the departure of fans favourite Paul Dickov. Hughes had to work hard to create a brand new strike partnership and he managed to do so, on the cheap, and with great effect last season.

However, it would be a tall order to expect this to happen again, even with the projected investment. Such disruption is detrimental to the plans for taking this club forward and we must hope that nothing materialises from both instances. Alas, where would Rovers look for new strikers, who would be interested in joining us? These are difficult questions to answer.

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Writer:Roversman
Date:Saturday June 23 2007
Time: 9:22AM

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It would be very disappointing should they leave. Both have still plenty to do to repay Rovers for having confidence in them. It would also put Hughes in a horrible situation again, one that he brilliantly wriggled out of last summer. I don't know where we could get two new strikers from without breaking the bank. PLus all of this smacks of misplaced loyalty should these rumours be true about JR.
roversman
23/06/2007 09:26:00
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I don't think he wil go. I hope he doesnt and I think that this is mere speculation.... there has been no direct quote from Jason.
MikeyGamst
23/06/2007 10:06:00
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People- we're supposed to get 90M$ thanks to the Sky rights. Why everybody keeps saying we should'nt break the bank????
IsraeliRover
23/06/2007 11:46:00
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Israeli..as much as it is a tempting thought, much of that will be used to ensure the stable financil future of the club. blow a load quickly on players who dont provide and we end up playing leeds!
roversman
23/06/2007 11:55:00
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Guys i dont think this is as bad as it seems. We have a player who has openly asked for a bigger club to buy him (McCarthy), a guy who i wouldnt pay 50 cents for (Nonda), and a guy who has simply not convinced me (Roberts). There are some top line strikers available these days with the merry go round happining, and im sure sparky will make the right moves. Ive mentioned it before, but with the cash coming in, id splash it on a defoe and bellers.
sasman
23/06/2007 12:32:00
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I think that stability is hardly our problem: I can't remember the last time we spent alot of money during the transfer window: maybe in Kidd's term we did
IsraeliRover
23/06/2007 12:50:00
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Roberts has convinced me... I think he is crucial to next season as he is the only striker at the club who can actually play with everyone else. He may not convince everyone but he convinces me.
MikeyGamst
23/06/2007 16:00:00
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Jury still out on Roberst for me but I am keen for him to stay here! I still hold the opinion that Benni will be at Rovers next term too but thought I would float the concept of a new strike force being required!
roversman
23/06/2007 17:43:00
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I cant see them both leaving.... I think its the media who are bored of the lack of transfer activity at the moment until July 1.
MikeyGamst
23/06/2007 19:58:00
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Jose's meddling! You got proof lads, we've got some high powered lawyers!
merlin
23/06/2007 21:22:00
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