Category Archives: Blackburn Rovers

Roma for Rodwell?

Jack Rodwell is reportedly in Italy ahead of a shock medical at Roma. 

Rodwell was a promising youngster starring for Everton at just sixteen years old. The England international was playing for Everton u18’s at just fourteen years old before making his first team debut in the Europa League against AZ.

After two impressive seasons at Goodison Park, Manchester City came calling and the Sky Blues got their man for a large £15million. Unluckily for the versatile defender, his time at the Etihad was scuppered by injuries and he was moved on the then Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

The Black cats acquired his services for around £10million in 2014. The twenty-eight-year-old stayed at the Stadium of Light for four years making sixty-seven appearances in the process. Despite spending four years at the club, it was relatively unsuccessful spell and he was released in 2018. Then, he joined Blackburn on a free and he impressed but was left without a club this summer.

So, after failing to impress since his time at Everton, it is a bit of a shock the Roma have come calling. Roma aren’t famed for having a great defence but even still, Rodwell is a shot in the dark.

If he rediscovers his form and stays clear of injury, can he become a top Serie A player?

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

3 Players who could leave Blackburn Rovers if they fail to get promoted

  1. Bradley Dack

This has been a great season for Dack who got his move to a big club in the summer, transferring from Gillingham in the summer. Dack has scored 15 league goals from midfield already this season and so would be keen on proving himself at Championship level. If Rovers get promoted then he would most likely stay at Ewood Park, but if they are not promoted to the second tier, then they would definitely receive offers for Dack, which he may be tempted by.

2. Danny Graham

Graham has been incredible for Rovers since arriving in 2016, and has been securing the number nine spot at Ewood. At the age of 32, as a striker he will want to prove himself at the highest level possible for the few seasons he has left before retirement. He stayed loyal to Rovers after last season’s relegation but may wish to get back to the Championship, whether that is with or without Blackburn Rovers.

3. Charlie Mulgrew

A famous name in Scottish football, Mulgrew left Celtic for Lancashire in 2016. Although staying with Rovers after the relegation, it was confirmed that they had rejected a bid for the Scot from Sheffield Wednesday. So it is clear that the Championship is keen to see him, and he may be there if Tony Mowbray’s men get to the second tier. But he may also be there if Rovers don’t get promoted and an offer is good enough.

Blackburn fans do you think any other players could leave the football club if you fail to get promoted this summer? Let us know in the comments section…

Premier League One-Season Wonders- Where are they now?

With fans of the Premier League being treated to the delight of Mo Salah this season, one can only hope, similarly to Harry Kane’s inaugural season, that it continues to the next.  We know of course that despite the wonderful football of the Egyptian, there is always the possibility he could be one of the many one-season wonders we have seen over the years in the Premier League. So lets have it, who are the most notable? And where are they now? 

Michu (Swansea City) 

First up, the Spanish forward who flew onto the Premier League scene in 2012 and for a fee of just £2 million it was considered an absolute bargain when the goals came in. It wasn’t like he was completely unheard of; he spent the previous season with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga netting 15 goals.

His first season in the Premier League saw him score 18 goals and help Swansea to 9th in the table, winning the League Cup in the process.

He fell out of favour in the next season, went on loan to Napoli and failed to make more than three appearances and now after spells at Langreo and Oviedo he is now retired at 31.

Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers)

Good old Roque.

He is probably the poster boy of one season wonders.

Santa Cruz was seen as a fairly decent signing for Blackburn in 2007 bringing a wealth of experience from Bayern Munich but did better than some may have tipped him to when he banged in 19 goals in his debut Premier League season.

This led to much transfer speculation around the Paraguayan in the following year which may have affected his form and he only managed 4 goals in 20 appearances and was eventually shipped off to Manchester City for £25 million.

It is fair to say that is as far as his career went and he now plays back in his native Paraguay.

Benjani (Portsmouth)

What a bizarre situation this was.

15 goals in 23 appearances led to Sven Goran Eriksson putting in a £9 million bid for the Zimbabwean forward and Harry Redknapp could not believe his luck.

One problem however, Benjani did not want the move at all, bit of a problem really.

Nonetheless, Benjani made it on the plane to Manchester after being pushed on it by Harry and his career was ended on that moment.

Asomoah Gyan (Sunderland)

The Ghanaian arrived at the Stadium of Light for a whopping £13 million in 2010 and excited the Tyne and Wear crowd with his celebrations and goals.

After just a season however, he decided to triple his salary and head to the United Arab Emirates.

Who can blame him?

Here he is doing bits for Ghana:

https://twitter.com/aliahusseiniq/status/881280013903040513

Grant Holt (Norwich City)

He may be a bit of a one-season wonder but it is a great story with Grant Holt.

Holt jumped from League Two in 08/09 with Shrewsbury to League One with Norwich and then all the way to the Premier League within 4 seasons.

His first season in the Premier League ended with 15 goals and serious talk of an England call-up but it wasn’t meant to be for Holt and after an average second season he was shipped out to Wigan.

Grant Holt now plays his trade as a player-coach for Barrow in the National League.

Are Blackburn set to sign these two League One players in January?

Blackburn Rovers have had a terrific run in the first half of the League One campaign, as they have managed to accumulate 48 points from 24 games, which has seen them end 2017 in third position in the league table.

Rovers under manager Tony Mowbray have scored 44 goals so far this term and have only conceded 22, which is the third-best defence in the league as things stand.

Despite the flying start to the season that they have had, Rovers are linked with both Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell of Fleetwood Town.

Devante Cole – At 22 the young striker has certainly made his mark in League One, as he has already found the back of the net 10 times this campaign and is amongst the top scorers. Alongside his goalscoring record, he has provided 4 assist for his team, showing he can create goals as well.

With age well and truly on his side, he could be the perfect acquisition for Blackburn as he could go on and have a long spell at Ewood Park and with the way that the club are playing he could be a Championship player next season.

Amari’i Bell – The left fullback has been ever-present for Fleetwood Town in this seasons league campaign and played a major part in the clubs play-off campaign last season. Bell also offers a bit of versatility as he can play in a more attacking role on the left wing, and this has shown as he has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name this season.

Blackburn fans would you like to see Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell sign for your club in January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…