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The Big Kick-Off: Blackburn Rovers


Paul Grech

As a young kid, Paul Grech got used to hearing ‘oh no, not him’ when the others found out that he would be playing on their team. He quickly took the hint that he was crap at football. Hopefully, he’s a bit better at writing about it....
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06/08/2007 09:30:00.
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Hopes and Fears

With their season starting early due to the Intertoto Cup, Blackbrun already look well prepared to continue building on last season’s good work, especially as none of their prized assets have been lured away by bigger clubs.

The early summer rumours linked Morten Gamst Pedersen and Benni McCarthy with transfers to Liverpool and Manchester United and, whilst Blackburn would have had to consider any significant offer, thankfully non cam through to test them.

They will be equally grateful that no one made a move for Mark Hughes. The former Wales boss has transformed the club within the space of two years thanks also to a number of inspired transfers.

Hughes has drilled the side into an effective team that defends as a unit and moves forward in an organized manner. This might not lead to the most entertaining football in the Premiership but it gets results and that is what matters to managers.

As one of the first clubs to reduce ticket prices, it remains to be seen how effective this will be and perhaps might add the pressure on Hugest to be more expansive in his style.

Key Transfer

Despite being phenomenally talented, Roque Santa Cruz has never been able to nail a regular first team spot at Bayern Munich. A move to Blackburn should change all that although it is a huge risk on their part to go for a player that the German giants were so eager to get rid of.

Something to Prove

A year out through injury hit Blackburn last season but with his return Steven Reid should provide Hughes with more options on the right side of midfield.

One to Watch

Already an England U21 international, Matt Derbyshire featured prominently last season and will push on from there this time round. The arrival of Santa Cruz might limit his opportunities, but Hughes is aware that this young striker needs to play in order to fulfill his potential

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