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Benni's Summer Of Woe

Benni's Summer Of Woe

Blackburn star Benni McCarthy has admitted speculation over his future in the summer affected his form.

McCarthy was linked with a possible move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window as Jose Mourinho wanted to be reunited with the former Porto player at Stamford Bridge and West Ham reportedly lodged a bid for his services as well.

The South African striker admits the speculation distracted him and it affected his form at the start of the season at Ewood Park.

McCarthy was dropped by Rovers boss Mark Hughes earlier in the season for some indifferent performances, but the 29-year-old has put the transfer rumours behind him to regain his best form, having scored five goals in his last four games.

'It surprised me that it messed my head up that much,' McCarthy told The Sun of the transfer speculation

'You set goals for yourself, you achieve them, and then all of a sudden things are happening. I was thinking, 'I'm 29 and the opportunity is coming'.

'Then you just get your head into it and think 'I am going to fight for it because maybe it is a last opportunity'.

'Not many players at my age get the chance to go to a massive club in the Premier League and having that in my head probably got me down when it didn't happen for me.

'I was surprised I could be brought down by it but I'm glad I brought myself back.

'I'm putting in winning performances for the team and the crowd can see that after everything that has happened I can still play with my heart and soul for the club.'

Blackburn face Liverpool on Saturday having won their last seven games in all competitions and McCarthy believes there is no reason why they cannot break into the top four this term.

'If we keep on putting in winning performances with the attitude and spirit we have it is possible we could break into the top four,' added McCarthy.

Mikey Thoughts

Fair play to Benni for coming out and speaking, we all doubted him during the summer and suspected he wanted out. But he has proved the critics wrong after a poor start.

Hopefully the form he is showing now will last as him and Roque are on fire at the moment.

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Writer:Mikey Gamst
Date:Friday November 2 2007
Time: 9:37AM


fair play to boom boom for being honest... if he is now fully committing to the cause then that is only a good thing.
02/11/2007 11:03:00
Is it me or should Benni be blaming himself for this? He was trying, arguably, to orchestrate a move to a champions league team - chelsea, man utd and liverpool I believe. Now he is unhappy because he didn't get a move! Get on with the job you have and get us into the Champions League! Still I am relieved that he didn't go and that he is playing well again
02/11/2007 11:15:00
You can see that he was keen to improve and move to a Champions League club but he does state he let himself get carried away when it didnt happen. He is here now and Hughes has shown him he can fulfill his ambitions here.... lets make it happen and stick together guys.
02/11/2007 11:26:00
all in the past, until the next transfer window lol. For now, benni mac is back
02/11/2007 11:48:00
good call sas.... im sure he will be with us till the end of the season at least.
02/11/2007 12:34:00
He won't go anywhere...when the next transfer seasons stars Rovers will be in the top4! who would want to leave!
02/11/2007 13:06:00
good point diegoveron!!! lol... he'll be 30 as well so his age may work against him.
02/11/2007 13:14:00
boom boom? Mikey you've gone too far!!! ;) With regards to benni, I was as unhappy as everyone with all the talk. But the guy talsk with his feet now, and he is saying some very sweet things. I'm all about Benni at the moment.
02/11/2007 15:10:00
was really *****ed off with benni when he was talkin of movin to a CL team shows a bit of disrespect to the club and manager and not only that as friedelno1 points out its all his own fault tryin to set the move up himself!
durks de rover
02/11/2007 16:30:00
No doubt, Benni's antics in the Summer annoyed a lot of Rovers fans myself included, but I dont think we can ever question his commitment to the cause on the field. He's bagged us a lot of goals since he joined and a much of our recent success must be credited to him. He knew at 29 that last summer was his last shot at signing for a massive side. At 30 I can't see any of the top four being interested in him again, especially now that Mourinio is gone from Chelsea. I reckon he'll be at Rovers for some years yet and hopefully playing CL football for us!
02/11/2007 17:20:00
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