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Appleton: Olsson twins can peak at Blackburn Rovers

MICHAEL Appleton believes there is a lot more to come from Blackburn Rovers’ “Olsson factor” as he looks for the Swedish twins to start terrorising Championship defences.

The Rovers boss remains hopeful of keeping hold of in-demand left back Martin Olsson this month and is relishing the prospect of him continuing his relationship with identical twin Markus.

The pair lined up down Rovers’ left hand side for the first time under Appleton for Brighton’s visit of Tuesday and the boss believes there is a lot to build on.

He said: “I still think there is a lot to come from Markus and Martin, especially from an attacking point of view.

“Defensively, I thought they were very good together, very sound and very solid, but I still think we can get more from them from an attacking point of view.

“They can cause Championship defences real problems down that side and I’m looking forward to working with them and seeing what they can do.”

Martin Olsson’s own Rovers future remains in doubt, with West Ham just one of several clubs tracking him ahead of Thursday’s close of the transfer window.

The Hammers have already had two offers for him turned down and Appleton does not expect the 24-year-old to be leaving Ewood this transfer window.

He said: “I don’t want to lose Martin in the slightest bit, he is a fantastic player, but at the back of your mind you have to have people lined up just in case.

“We have a week to go in the January window and that is a long, long time.

“Martin is a Premier League footballer, a Swedish international, so it would take a very, very good offer for him.

“Scott Dann is a steady eddie and with the attributes he has, his height and strength, he is someone we are not looking to ship.

“I would be very surprised if anything other than a huge offer we would be looking to get rid of either.”

Appleton has also held lengthy talks with goalkeeper Paul Robinson, with his own Rovers future shrouded in uncertainty.

Robinson has been suffering with an injury for the past few weeks but is expected to return to training on Monday.

Appleton insists the former England number one could be back in the squad for the weekend visit of Bristol City but admits he has already told him Jake Kean is his current number one.

He said: “I have had a good chat with Paul and he is in a decent frame of mind.

“Like any goalkeeper, he does not want to be sat on the sidelines.

“We had a frank conversation and at the minute Jake is the number one, he has earned the right to be number one and he has taken his opportunity.

“As and when Paul does return, he is going to find himself fighting to get the number one spot back.

“I understand and respect his position.

“We will see where we go, if anything progresses in the next week we will play it by ear.

“At the minute he is a Blackburn player.

“He is due to train Monday and possibly in the squad for the Bristol City game.”

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11:53am Sat 26 Jan 13

stefjam says...

I partly agree, because it always terrifies me when I see Olsson at left back ;-(
I partly agree, because it always terrifies me when I see Olsson at left back ;-( stefjam
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12:13pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Dukes says...

LOL good statement by the gaffer.

I hope to see Robbo back in the team he is a very key player just been playing under **** manager that's all.
LOL good statement by the gaffer. I hope to see Robbo back in the team he is a very key player just been playing under **** manager that's all. Dukes
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12:35pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Only1Garner says...

Robinson has been a steady keeper and very loyal to Rovers, particularly the fans and deserves a bit of respect, I for one want him to stay as there is really no replacement for experience as a keeper, Kean is OK but is still larning his trade, Robbo should be No.1.
Robinson has been a steady keeper and very loyal to Rovers, particularly the fans and deserves a bit of respect, I for one want him to stay as there is really no replacement for experience as a keeper, Kean is OK but is still larning his trade, Robbo should be No.1. Only1Garner
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12:46pm Sat 26 Jan 13

leitchy says...

Lets try and keep Ollsen, top player who can play in the premier league...We don't have enough quality players like this!!
Lets try and keep Ollsen, top player who can play in the premier league...We don't have enough quality players like this!! leitchy
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12:50pm Sat 26 Jan 13

merlinrabbit says...

Kean has done well. He catches the ball more than Robinson but he hasn't got the experience yet and Robinson would still be my number 1. I'm not sure we can judge the players after playing under such bad management. They need a fresh start to prove themselves
Kean has done well. He catches the ball more than Robinson but he hasn't got the experience yet and Robinson would still be my number 1. I'm not sure we can judge the players after playing under such bad management. They need a fresh start to prove themselves merlinrabbit
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4:07pm Sat 26 Jan 13

RoversSwiss says...

Disagree with most of the comments here, Kean is playing well enough to stay in the team and the defence seems more confident with him in goal.

Robinson has been loyal ,but that doesn't mean he should automatically play. He is good with reaction saves, but saves nothing from the edge of the box, poor on free kicks and been poor with crosses and corners. Kean will improve with experience, you don't get experience when you're not playing.

Robinson never recovered from his nightmare with Spurs and England.
Disagree with most of the comments here, Kean is playing well enough to stay in the team and the defence seems more confident with him in goal. Robinson has been loyal ,but that doesn't mean he should automatically play. He is good with reaction saves, but saves nothing from the edge of the box, poor on free kicks and been poor with crosses and corners. Kean will improve with experience, you don't get experience when you're not playing. Robinson never recovered from his nightmare with Spurs and England. RoversSwiss
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4:18pm Sat 26 Jan 13

owd nick says...

Can't put my finger on it bit there has been something wrong with Robinson all season and Kean has quite rightly taken his opportunity, it's up to Robinson to get fit and challenge for his place back.

That will keep Kean on his toes, nothing wrong with a little competition for places at all.
Can't put my finger on it bit there has been something wrong with Robinson all season and Kean has quite rightly taken his opportunity, it's up to Robinson to get fit and challenge for his place back. That will keep Kean on his toes, nothing wrong with a little competition for places at all. owd nick
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