Rochina faces uncertain future as Rovers look to cut costs

Ruben Rochina

Ruben Rochina

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

RUBEN Rochina is facing an uncertain future as Blackburn Rovers continue their attempts to reduce their wage bill this summer.

Rochina recently completed a loan spell back in his homeland with Rayo Vallecano and it is understood that Rovers are ready to let the Spaniard leave if they receive a suitable offer.

Vallecano had the option to make the move permanent but they have so far made no bid, despite Rochina starting 15 matches for the La Liga side after moving to the Madrid club in January.

The 23-year-old must now wait to see what interest develops over the summer, leaving him in limbo.

The forward still has a year left on his Rovers contract and boss Gary Bowyer would welcome him back into his squad next season if there are no takers.

But the club are under pressure to cut costs as they attempt to fall in line with the incoming Financial Fair Play regulations, and Bowyer is also keen to free up funds to strengthen elsewhere.

A right back and centre back are his priorities, together with a striker to provide competition for Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede.

An exit for Rochina would be another salary off the club’s books – for a player signed during Rovers’ Premier League days – and they are not expected to stand in his way if interest arises.

Rochina is away on holiday in New York after helping Vallecano climb away from relegation trouble in La Liga in the closing stages of the 2013/14 season.

Rayo, operating on one of the lowest budgets in the Spanish top flight, sat 19th in the table when Rochina arrived in January but finished in 12th place – four points clear of the relegation zone.

Rochina netted crucial goals in victories over Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo and Real Betis.

A year earlier the Spaniard had a loan spell with Real Zaragoza but started only five games as they were relegated from La Liga.

He then returned to Rovers and started their opening game of the season at Derby, only to dislocated his shoulder during the match.

On his return from injury he made just one start, at home to Birmingham City, before being loaned out to Vallecano.

Rovers midfielder Corry Evans featured for 89 minutes as Northern Ireland were beaten 2-0 in Chile in their final match of their tour in South America.

Substitutes Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Pinilla scored late on for Chile in the friendly in Valparaiso.

Accrington Stanley’s James Gray did not feature in the game, as he awaits his full international debut.

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9:36am Fri 6 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need. Old age pensioner
  • Score: 9

9:43am Fri 6 Jun 14

Frisson says...

We need to keep him. There are 6 on the transfer list that need shipping out nefore we even cosider this. He will be instrumental in helping us go straight up next season.
We need to keep him. There are 6 on the transfer list that need shipping out nefore we even cosider this. He will be instrumental in helping us go straight up next season. Frisson
  • Score: 12

9:44am Fri 6 Jun 14

roverstid says...

If he stays he plays. If he's not then let him go.

Plenty of RR love but needs must.
If he stays he plays. If he's not then let him go. Plenty of RR love but needs must. roverstid
  • Score: 9

9:57am Fri 6 Jun 14

PlutoRover says...

For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season.

I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right.

That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.
For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season. I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right. That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad. PlutoRover
  • Score: 41

10:02am Fri 6 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

a player that divides opinion - for me a luxury player in this division - but not if he could learn to pass.

for us berkovic was instrumental in giving service to our forwards when we we got promoted last time - souness described him as someone who could unlock doors. to me rochina could potentially do this - but for the moment is someone who someone who has shown that he runs down blind alleys.

in fairness we have only really seen him in a rubbish premier league team managed by a clueless moron - the bright light that shone so brightly for such a short time at pride park was the only real glimpse we had last season - so it is difficult to judge.....but for me give me a berkovic or a gordon cowans anytime.
a player that divides opinion - for me a luxury player in this division - but not if he could learn to pass. for us berkovic was instrumental in giving service to our forwards when we we got promoted last time - souness described him as someone who could unlock doors. to me rochina could potentially do this - but for the moment is someone who someone who has shown that he runs down blind alleys. in fairness we have only really seen him in a rubbish premier league team managed by a clueless moron - the bright light that shone so brightly for such a short time at pride park was the only real glimpse we had last season - so it is difficult to judge.....but for me give me a berkovic or a gordon cowans anytime. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 7

10:08am Fri 6 Jun 14

dallydally says...

Let him go. He is prone to over complication, runs with his head down and rarely plays a telling pass. We need to invest elsewhere in the squad i.e. defence and this is the priority. It would be useful to free up his considerable wage cost
Let him go. He is prone to over complication, runs with his head down and rarely plays a telling pass. We need to invest elsewhere in the squad i.e. defence and this is the priority. It would be useful to free up his considerable wage cost dallydally
  • Score: -3

10:09am Fri 6 Jun 14

Super_Clarets says...

The fire sale begins...

STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x
The fire sale begins... STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x Super_Clarets
  • Score: -19

10:16am Fri 6 Jun 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Seems Venkys have been trying to get rid for some time. Since his bad injury he "'made ONE start" then shipped out on loan.
What kind of chance was that?

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Seems Venkys have been trying to get rid for some time. Since his bad injury he "'made ONE start" then shipped out on loan. What kind of chance was that? . Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 7

10:18am Fri 6 Jun 14

Welsh Rover says...

Frisson wrote:
We need to keep him. There are 6 on the transfer list that need shipping out nefore we even cosider this. He will be instrumental in helping us go straight up next season.
It's a nice idea in principle but I think Bowyer and Shaw both know we'll struggle to shift all six of those players on the transfer list. As such, they will need to sell when and where they can, provided the loss of that particular player isn't detrimental to the squad as a whole.

Also, Rochina doesn't fit into the current starting XI and he's not happy warming the bench. As with Judge, it's probably best for all parties if he's allowed to leave. I think hasslem hasslem is right in saying he's a luxury player, but unless someone comes in for Best in the next few weeks, Rochina is a luxury we can't afford, unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: We need to keep him. There are 6 on the transfer list that need shipping out nefore we even cosider this. He will be instrumental in helping us go straight up next season.[/p][/quote]It's a nice idea in principle but I think Bowyer and Shaw both know we'll struggle to shift all six of those players on the transfer list. As such, they will need to sell when and where they can, provided the loss of that particular player isn't detrimental to the squad as a whole. Also, Rochina doesn't fit into the current starting XI and he's not happy warming the bench. As with Judge, it's probably best for all parties if he's allowed to leave. I think hasslem hasslem is right in saying he's a luxury player, but unless someone comes in for Best in the next few weeks, Rochina is a luxury we can't afford, unfortunately. Welsh Rover
  • Score: 6

10:20am Fri 6 Jun 14

owd nick says...

Currently watching the D Day "celebrations", sort of puts petty bickering over football clubs into perspective.
Currently watching the D Day "celebrations", sort of puts petty bickering over football clubs into perspective. owd nick
  • Score: 10

10:21am Fri 6 Jun 14

inflightmagazine says...

Bags of potential, but has not delivered on it yet. Hes not played for us for a long time and the team is now very different to that under Kean, so the question is does he add to the side.

The cost cutting reference seems a bit strange as I cannot imagine his contract is huge and he`s our player so replacing him like for like would probably cost us more than keeping him.

Personally I am just not sure on him as a player, we need to see him get a run of games , if we cannot give him that then we should let him go.
Bags of potential, but has not delivered on it yet. Hes not played for us for a long time and the team is now very different to that under Kean, so the question is does he add to the side. The cost cutting reference seems a bit strange as I cannot imagine his contract is huge and he`s our player so replacing him like for like would probably cost us more than keeping him. Personally I am just not sure on him as a player, we need to see him get a run of games , if we cannot give him that then we should let him go. inflightmagazine
  • Score: 8

10:26am Fri 6 Jun 14

French Rover says...

dallydally wrote:
Let him go. He is prone to over complication, runs with his head down and rarely plays a telling pass. We need to invest elsewhere in the squad i.e. defence and this is the priority. It would be useful to free up his considerable wage cost
I think they said the same things about George Best at one time DD!

But yes, we either keep him and use him in the first eleven or let him go. It`s no use keeping a player like Rochina simply to sit on the bench. Must admit though that I loved seeing his skills and tricks (when they come off) but there were not enough end results to add great value to the team overall.
[quote][p][bold]dallydally[/bold] wrote: Let him go. He is prone to over complication, runs with his head down and rarely plays a telling pass. We need to invest elsewhere in the squad i.e. defence and this is the priority. It would be useful to free up his considerable wage cost[/p][/quote]I think they said the same things about George Best at one time DD! But yes, we either keep him and use him in the first eleven or let him go. It`s no use keeping a player like Rochina simply to sit on the bench. Must admit though that I loved seeing his skills and tricks (when they come off) but there were not enough end results to add great value to the team overall. French Rover
  • Score: 6

10:35am Fri 6 Jun 14

Welsh Rover says...

PlutoRover wrote:
For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season.

I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right.

That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.
I think a lot of fans believe the answer to our right-back problem is already at the club, and I think your comparison of Lowe and Spurr is pretty spot on. Now, if only Lowe had a throw on him like a torpedo too...

I don't think we're that far away from having a competitive squad, although a lot depends on how many of the transfer listed players we manage to shift as this may mean we need to sell other players instead. Of the players we currently have (or are expecting), the following would make my first team squad:

GK - Robinson, Eastwood, Kean
RB - Lowe, Henley
CB - Hanley, Kilgallon, O'Connell
LB - Spurr
DM - Williamson, Etuhu
CM - Cairney, Evans
RM - Marshall, King, Taylor
LM - Conway, Morris
ST - Rhodes, Gestede, Varney

I think another centre-half, who can also cover one of the full-back positions, is needed, as well as another striker and one more creative midfield player.
[quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season. I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right. That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.[/p][/quote]I think a lot of fans believe the answer to our right-back problem is already at the club, and I think your comparison of Lowe and Spurr is pretty spot on. Now, if only Lowe had a throw on him like a torpedo too... I don't think we're that far away from having a competitive squad, although a lot depends on how many of the transfer listed players we manage to shift as this may mean we need to sell other players instead. Of the players we currently have (or are expecting), the following would make my first team squad: GK - Robinson, Eastwood, Kean RB - Lowe, Henley CB - Hanley, Kilgallon, O'Connell LB - Spurr DM - Williamson, Etuhu CM - Cairney, Evans RM - Marshall, King, Taylor LM - Conway, Morris ST - Rhodes, Gestede, Varney I think another centre-half, who can also cover one of the full-back positions, is needed, as well as another striker and one more creative midfield player. Welsh Rover
  • Score: 3

10:41am Fri 6 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
The fire sale begins...

STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x
NH
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: The fire sale begins... STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x[/p][/quote]NH Old age pensioner
  • Score: 5

11:14am Fri 6 Jun 14

French Rover says...

Welsh Rover wrote:
PlutoRover wrote:
For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season.

I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right.

That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.
I think a lot of fans believe the answer to our right-back problem is already at the club, and I think your comparison of Lowe and Spurr is pretty spot on. Now, if only Lowe had a throw on him like a torpedo too...

I don't think we're that far away from having a competitive squad, although a lot depends on how many of the transfer listed players we manage to shift as this may mean we need to sell other players instead. Of the players we currently have (or are expecting), the following would make my first team squad:

GK - Robinson, Eastwood, Kean
RB - Lowe, Henley
CB - Hanley, Kilgallon, O'Connell
LB - Spurr
DM - Williamson, Etuhu
CM - Cairney, Evans
RM - Marshall, King, Taylor
LM - Conway, Morris
ST - Rhodes, Gestede, Varney

I think another centre-half, who can also cover one of the full-back positions, is needed, as well as another striker and one more creative midfield player.
The squad you posted is pretty much as it was at the end of the season when we went on the good run, but it is still weak in some areas.

As you mention, we need another (decent) central defender to help shore up the leaks from last season, and another creative goal scoring midfielder but also maybe a couple of others too, as I will be surprised if Etuhu ever plays for us again, and some just aren`t good enough to be first team regulars (Williamson, Taylor, Varney and Morris).

If. due to the tight monetry constraints that GB has to work under, we have to start wth this squad then we need to stay mostly injury free (like Burnley did for most of the last season) to give us any chance of success.
[quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season. I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right. That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.[/p][/quote]I think a lot of fans believe the answer to our right-back problem is already at the club, and I think your comparison of Lowe and Spurr is pretty spot on. Now, if only Lowe had a throw on him like a torpedo too... I don't think we're that far away from having a competitive squad, although a lot depends on how many of the transfer listed players we manage to shift as this may mean we need to sell other players instead. Of the players we currently have (or are expecting), the following would make my first team squad: GK - Robinson, Eastwood, Kean RB - Lowe, Henley CB - Hanley, Kilgallon, O'Connell LB - Spurr DM - Williamson, Etuhu CM - Cairney, Evans RM - Marshall, King, Taylor LM - Conway, Morris ST - Rhodes, Gestede, Varney I think another centre-half, who can also cover one of the full-back positions, is needed, as well as another striker and one more creative midfield player.[/p][/quote]The squad you posted is pretty much as it was at the end of the season when we went on the good run, but it is still weak in some areas. As you mention, we need another (decent) central defender to help shore up the leaks from last season, and another creative goal scoring midfielder but also maybe a couple of others too, as I will be surprised if Etuhu ever plays for us again, and some just aren`t good enough to be first team regulars (Williamson, Taylor, Varney and Morris). If. due to the tight monetry constraints that GB has to work under, we have to start wth this squad then we need to stay mostly injury free (like Burnley did for most of the last season) to give us any chance of success. French Rover
  • Score: 3

11:28am Fri 6 Jun 14

Welsh Rover says...

French Rover wrote:
Welsh Rover wrote:
PlutoRover wrote:
For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season.

I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right.

That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.
I think a lot of fans believe the answer to our right-back problem is already at the club, and I think your comparison of Lowe and Spurr is pretty spot on. Now, if only Lowe had a throw on him like a torpedo too...

I don't think we're that far away from having a competitive squad, although a lot depends on how many of the transfer listed players we manage to shift as this may mean we need to sell other players instead. Of the players we currently have (or are expecting), the following would make my first team squad:

GK - Robinson, Eastwood, Kean
RB - Lowe, Henley
CB - Hanley, Kilgallon, O'Connell
LB - Spurr
DM - Williamson, Etuhu
CM - Cairney, Evans
RM - Marshall, King, Taylor
LM - Conway, Morris
ST - Rhodes, Gestede, Varney

I think another centre-half, who can also cover one of the full-back positions, is needed, as well as another striker and one more creative midfield player.
The squad you posted is pretty much as it was at the end of the season when we went on the good run, but it is still weak in some areas.

As you mention, we need another (decent) central defender to help shore up the leaks from last season, and another creative goal scoring midfielder but also maybe a couple of others too, as I will be surprised if Etuhu ever plays for us again, and some just aren`t good enough to be first team regulars (Williamson, Taylor, Varney and Morris).

If. due to the tight monetry constraints that GB has to work under, we have to start wth this squad then we need to stay mostly injury free (like Burnley did for most of the last season) to give us any chance of success.
Agree with you about certain players not being first team regulars, but that's the story at most, if not all, football clubs. We need a strong starting XI and decent players to cover. I think we have that in most positions. If Etuhu is fit he'll probably feature at some point as he's the probably last player we could offload due to his high wages and poor injury record. I actually think we could promote two or three of the U21s to the first team and, aside from a centre-half, we'd already have a good enough squad to challenge for promotion this season.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Welsh Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: For me Rochina is the striker we need to give us a tricky, skilful alternative to Rhodes and Gestede. He was a striker for Barcelona B when we bought him and he has proven that he is a good finisher and that he can score a goal from distance and sometimes out of nothing. His weaknesses in defending and often releasing the ball to late or using the wrong option, which is expected in a deeper lying role, will not be an issue if he is deployed as a striker. I am sure he would chip in with a good goal contribution if we use him in this way and let him terrorise defences. We therefore don't need to buy another striker. With Varney's experience then these four strikers should be enough to get the goals we need for promotion next season. I also think we already have our right back solution in Jason Lowe. I think he hit his best form for us in this role. He is tall, strong, fairly quick and has a great engine. Similar to Spurr's qualities and I think he would again prove to be very reliable in that role. His lack of creativity in forward play and goals, that are his weakness in midfield, again will not matter at right back. I am sure he is capable of providing an overlap, getting in the occasional cross or even just creating space for Marshall or Conway when attacking down the right. That means we need back up for midfield with Evans and Cairney as first choice and back up for CB with Hanley and Killa as first choice but this could be O'Sullivan who captained Rochdale to promotion, which is quite an achievement for a young lad.[/p][/quote]I think a lot of fans believe the answer to our right-back problem is already at the club, and I think your comparison of Lowe and Spurr is pretty spot on. Now, if only Lowe had a throw on him like a torpedo too... I don't think we're that far away from having a competitive squad, although a lot depends on how many of the transfer listed players we manage to shift as this may mean we need to sell other players instead. Of the players we currently have (or are expecting), the following would make my first team squad: GK - Robinson, Eastwood, Kean RB - Lowe, Henley CB - Hanley, Kilgallon, O'Connell LB - Spurr DM - Williamson, Etuhu CM - Cairney, Evans RM - Marshall, King, Taylor LM - Conway, Morris ST - Rhodes, Gestede, Varney I think another centre-half, who can also cover one of the full-back positions, is needed, as well as another striker and one more creative midfield player.[/p][/quote]The squad you posted is pretty much as it was at the end of the season when we went on the good run, but it is still weak in some areas. As you mention, we need another (decent) central defender to help shore up the leaks from last season, and another creative goal scoring midfielder but also maybe a couple of others too, as I will be surprised if Etuhu ever plays for us again, and some just aren`t good enough to be first team regulars (Williamson, Taylor, Varney and Morris). If. due to the tight monetry constraints that GB has to work under, we have to start wth this squad then we need to stay mostly injury free (like Burnley did for most of the last season) to give us any chance of success.[/p][/quote]Agree with you about certain players not being first team regulars, but that's the story at most, if not all, football clubs. We need a strong starting XI and decent players to cover. I think we have that in most positions. If Etuhu is fit he'll probably feature at some point as he's the probably last player we could offload due to his high wages and poor injury record. I actually think we could promote two or three of the U21s to the first team and, aside from a centre-half, we'd already have a good enough squad to challenge for promotion this season. Welsh Rover
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending?

Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it.

Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.
[quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending? Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it. Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -3

12:49pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending?

Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it.

Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.
[quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending? Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it. Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -4

12:58pm Fri 6 Jun 14

inflightmagazine says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending?

Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it.

Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.
bet we do

FFP is falling apart
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending? Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it. Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.[/p][/quote]bet we do FFP is falling apart inflightmagazine
  • Score: 3

1:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Maxrus says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Old age pensioner wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending? Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it. Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.
That's twice you've said that !!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending? Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it. Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.[/p][/quote]That's twice you've said that !! Maxrus
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Super_Clarets says...

Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
It really is unbelievable that you clowns are still talking about going out spending.

It's going to be side-splitting when the story breaks of your transfer ban...

The FFP rules were agreed in August 2011 and came into action in the 2012 season. All clubs have been given a transition period of 2 seasons to make the necessary adjustments to their wage bills and levels of expenditure in order to comply with the rules. Non-complaint clubs will then be placed under sanctions until they can prove they were compliant, in the Championship this sanction takes the form of a transfer ban starting in January.

The fact that your club has continued to rack up astronomical debts in the two years during which most other clubs have been tightening their belts shows just how far detached from reality your esteemed owners actually are.

It's going to be the funniest episode yet in the farcical comedy that is the demise of Blackburn Rovers... I honestly can't wait.

My advice would be.... keep spending!
[quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]It really is unbelievable that you clowns are still talking about going out spending. It's going to be side-splitting when the story breaks of your transfer ban... The FFP rules were agreed in August 2011 and came into action in the 2012 season. All clubs have been given a transition period of 2 seasons to make the necessary adjustments to their wage bills and levels of expenditure in order to comply with the rules. Non-complaint clubs will then be placed under sanctions until they can prove they were compliant, in the Championship this sanction takes the form of a transfer ban starting in January. The fact that your club has continued to rack up astronomical debts in the two years during which most other clubs have been tightening their belts shows just how far detached from reality your esteemed owners actually are. It's going to be the funniest episode yet in the farcical comedy that is the demise of Blackburn Rovers... I honestly can't wait. My advice would be.... keep spending! Super_Clarets
  • Score: -4

1:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Rovers 1495 says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
It really is unbelievable that you clowns are still talking about going out spending.

It's going to be side-splitting when the story breaks of your transfer ban...

The FFP rules were agreed in August 2011 and came into action in the 2012 season. All clubs have been given a transition period of 2 seasons to make the necessary adjustments to their wage bills and levels of expenditure in order to comply with the rules. Non-complaint clubs will then be placed under sanctions until they can prove they were compliant, in the Championship this sanction takes the form of a transfer ban starting in January.

The fact that your club has continued to rack up astronomical debts in the two years during which most other clubs have been tightening their belts shows just how far detached from reality your esteemed owners actually are.

It's going to be the funniest episode yet in the farcical comedy that is the demise of Blackburn Rovers... I honestly can't wait.

My advice would be.... keep spending!
What's really going to be rib-tickling is when you lot get trounced week after week after week.

Ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha
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Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha
Ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha
Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]It really is unbelievable that you clowns are still talking about going out spending. It's going to be side-splitting when the story breaks of your transfer ban... The FFP rules were agreed in August 2011 and came into action in the 2012 season. All clubs have been given a transition period of 2 seasons to make the necessary adjustments to their wage bills and levels of expenditure in order to comply with the rules. Non-complaint clubs will then be placed under sanctions until they can prove they were compliant, in the Championship this sanction takes the form of a transfer ban starting in January. The fact that your club has continued to rack up astronomical debts in the two years during which most other clubs have been tightening their belts shows just how far detached from reality your esteemed owners actually are. It's going to be the funniest episode yet in the farcical comedy that is the demise of Blackburn Rovers... I honestly can't wait. My advice would be.... keep spending![/p][/quote]What's really going to be rib-tickling is when you lot get trounced week after week after week. Ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha Ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha Ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha Ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha ha ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Rovers 1495
  • Score: 5

2:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

MxMave says...

How is attacking midfield not a position we require players in!?

We can't play the same way every game, sometimes you need that type of player to unlock a game. Look at what Dunny does for us on the pitch in that role when he plays. We can look like a different team with that player on the pitch.

Yes we need a RB and a CB but I'd prioritise a CAM over a striker since we are getting Varney on a free.
How is attacking midfield not a position we require players in!? We can't play the same way every game, sometimes you need that type of player to unlock a game. Look at what Dunny does for us on the pitch in that role when he plays. We can look like a different team with that player on the pitch. Yes we need a RB and a CB but I'd prioritise a CAM over a striker since we are getting Varney on a free. MxMave
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Rover since 1947 says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
The fire sale begins...

STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x
How original! Have you been speaking to Simon?
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: The fire sale begins... STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x[/p][/quote]How original! Have you been speaking to Simon? Rover since 1947
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Fri 6 Jun 14

theswayzeexpress says...

But rochina is the kind of player that we need. Ok if we let him go we need a number 10 as a replacement as Dunny is coming to the end of his career. Varney can play up top as back up to RG and JR. Although if bowyer is looking for a striker I'd have to recommend assombalonga of Peterborough.

Agree with some above that Lowe can play right back and Henley hopefully can kick on next season as support. Getting keane back from utd and finding a decent number 10 has to be priority. O'connell should also get a chance to prove himself, and surely there's one or two more academy players coming through?
But rochina is the kind of player that we need. Ok if we let him go we need a number 10 as a replacement as Dunny is coming to the end of his career. Varney can play up top as back up to RG and JR. Although if bowyer is looking for a striker I'd have to recommend assombalonga of Peterborough. Agree with some above that Lowe can play right back and Henley hopefully can kick on next season as support. Getting keane back from utd and finding a decent number 10 has to be priority. O'connell should also get a chance to prove himself, and surely there's one or two more academy players coming through? theswayzeexpress
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending?

Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it.

Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.
NH2
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]Bring in a couple more players? You need to trim your wage bill to reduce the level of FFP spanking you're going to receive and you still think you can go out spending? Just in case you weren't aware, the rules apply to BRFC too, no matter how badly you don't want to believe it. Old age pensioner congratulations, you are the winner of the deluded no dad of the week award.[/p][/quote]NH2 Old age pensioner
  • Score: 2

9:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Old age pensioner wrote:
Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.
It really is unbelievable that you clowns are still talking about going out spending.

It's going to be side-splitting when the story breaks of your transfer ban...

The FFP rules were agreed in August 2011 and came into action in the 2012 season. All clubs have been given a transition period of 2 seasons to make the necessary adjustments to their wage bills and levels of expenditure in order to comply with the rules. Non-complaint clubs will then be placed under sanctions until they can prove they were compliant, in the Championship this sanction takes the form of a transfer ban starting in January.

The fact that your club has continued to rack up astronomical debts in the two years during which most other clubs have been tightening their belts shows just how far detached from reality your esteemed owners actually are.

It's going to be the funniest episode yet in the farcical comedy that is the demise of Blackburn Rovers... I honestly can't wait.

My advice would be.... keep spending!
NH
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: Sad to see him go but it's just got to be if we are to bring in a couple more players that we need.[/p][/quote]It really is unbelievable that you clowns are still talking about going out spending. It's going to be side-splitting when the story breaks of your transfer ban... The FFP rules were agreed in August 2011 and came into action in the 2012 season. All clubs have been given a transition period of 2 seasons to make the necessary adjustments to their wage bills and levels of expenditure in order to comply with the rules. Non-complaint clubs will then be placed under sanctions until they can prove they were compliant, in the Championship this sanction takes the form of a transfer ban starting in January. The fact that your club has continued to rack up astronomical debts in the two years during which most other clubs have been tightening their belts shows just how far detached from reality your esteemed owners actually are. It's going to be the funniest episode yet in the farcical comedy that is the demise of Blackburn Rovers... I honestly can't wait. My advice would be.... keep spending![/p][/quote]NH Old age pensioner
  • Score: 1

10:52pm Fri 6 Jun 14

digitusjonfred says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
The fire sale begins...

STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x
Typing with your hands in your pockets !! Let it go !!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: The fire sale begins... STAYING DOWN FOREVER..... LOVE CLARETS.x[/p][/quote]Typing with your hands in your pockets !! Let it go !! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 1

5:04pm Sat 7 Jun 14

simongarnerswindowcleaner says...

Would love to see him have a proper run in the team. RR is sooo skilful, so smooth… just like a R-R car.
Would love to see him have a proper run in the team. RR is sooo skilful, so smooth… just like a R-R car. simongarnerswindowcleaner
  • Score: 0

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