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Appleton backing Karim to play part in play-off push

MICHAEL Appleton has tipped Blackburn Rovers’ imminent loan signing Karim Rekik to be a future Premier League star – but believes he can have an immediate impact on Rovers’ own top flight ambitions.

The 18-year-old versatile left-sided defender is expected to sign at Rovers from Manchester City on a 93-day loan today, with boss Appleton hopeful of adding another signing with significant Championship experience in the next 24 hours.

Appleton also admitted former Rover and Spurs midfielder David Bentley remains on a list of targets, having all but-given up on West Brom’s Jerome Thomas, as he looks to bring in two wingers after the signing of Rekik.

Rekik, a Dutch youth international, is expected to be in Rovers’ squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Arsenal and Appleton expects him to be pushing hard for a regular starting place Appleton said: “He played for me in the Championship last season at Portsmouth. Although he is a boy in terms of age, he is physically a man. He is built like a brick out house.

“He is a big lad with a lot of quality. I am sure he is going to be in the Premier League for Manchester City for years.

“I have no doubt about that and I know Manchester City haven’t.

“At the present time hopefully he will be very good for Blackburn Rovers in the short term. Without a shadow of a doubt he will be chomping at the bit to ensure he is in the starting XI.

“The only thing from his point of view is we have a back four who are playing very, very well. We have to make sure we have players in place and he is one who will expect to play.

“He has to work his way in initially but he is a good addition.”

Since being appointed as Rovers boss in January, Appleton has allowed a number of players leave the club as he looks to put his stamp on things.

He is hopeful Rekik will be joined by another loan signing later today, with the likes of Bentley still on his wish-list over the next few weeks.

He said: “I certainly hope to have another one done by this evening.

“I doubt he will be involved on Saturday. But I am 90 per cent sure that will be done.

David (Bentley) is a wide player and we have been talking about wide players. He is definitely on the list and in an ideal world I would like to bring two wide players in.

“So whether he is one of the two lets see what happens. He has a great history with the club and a lot of quality.

“I think the only time I will get the feeling this is my squad is in the summer though. The squad I walked into, I recognised the balance was not right.

“I wanted to try and address that as soon as I could but you don’t get the opportunity to do that to a full extent until you have the summer.”

Defender Todd Kane, who joined Rovers prior to Appleton’s arrival, has returned to his parent club Chelsea.

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7:53am Fri 15 Feb 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Sounds like a good un who can help Appy with the final push for promotion hopefully,
Get Bentley in and hope he is fit and things are looking up.
Sounds like a good un who can help Appy with the final push for promotion hopefully, Get Bentley in and hope he is fit and things are looking up. Lancs - pensioner
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8:10am Fri 15 Feb 13

reiko082 says...

David Bentley, eh.

Only players who want to play for the shirt, eh.

Right, okay.
David Bentley, eh. Only players who want to play for the shirt, eh. Right, okay. reiko082
  • Score: -16

8:23am Fri 15 Feb 13

rovers india says...

DAVID WILL BE A GOOD SIGNING
DAVID WILL BE A GOOD SIGNING rovers india
  • Score: 4

8:34am Fri 15 Feb 13

owd nick says...

reiko082 wrote:
David Bentley, eh.

Only players who want to play for the shirt, eh.

Right, okay.
Yawn, I thought all the knobheads had scuttled away.

I have questioned going for Bentley but only because he must lack match fitness.

Bentley did a great job for us in the past and no-one can blame him for moving on, that's what professional players do when they are told they are surplus to requirements or get an offer they can't refuse.

He wore the shirt with pride.

Get over it.
[quote][p][bold]reiko082[/bold] wrote: David Bentley, eh. Only players who want to play for the shirt, eh. Right, okay.[/p][/quote]Yawn, I thought all the knobheads had scuttled away. I have questioned going for Bentley but only because he must lack match fitness. Bentley did a great job for us in the past and no-one can blame him for moving on, that's what professional players do when they are told they are surplus to requirements or get an offer they can't refuse. He wore the shirt with pride. Get over it. owd nick
  • Score: 5

8:57am Fri 15 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

rovers india wrote:
DAVID WILL BE A GOOD SIGNING
I just hope he's fit. If it takes two months to get match fit the season will almost be over.
[quote][p][bold]rovers india[/bold] wrote: DAVID WILL BE A GOOD SIGNING[/p][/quote]I just hope he's fit. If it takes two months to get match fit the season will almost be over. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

9:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

reiko082 wrote:
David Bentley, eh.

Only players who want to play for the shirt, eh.

Right, okay.
Sounds a quality addition the boy Rekik plus Appleton knows exactly what he his getting.

So far as the Bentley rumor goes let us hope this happens would rather have a proven player than one who isn't esp in the position that our team is crying out for.

Bentley returned to the club he supported as a boy, and in that position myself I would have done exactly the same.

Mitigating factors in Bentleys departure came at the time when a disintegration was becoming apparent under Hughes due to the sniveling lack of ambition with the Walkers.

The last game of the season down at relegated Birmingham which we lost 3 - 1, and had we won that day would have taken us into the Europa League. I watched that game and realized the magic had disappeared with something afoot with the beloved ? Our team that day had the quality to have **** that game, but limped through with a tepid display. Gutted.

The rest is history as they say !

If Bentley is available, and let us consider his genuine remorse here with the way things turned out, it is a no brainer, in my opinion.

I would love to see him pull that B&W shirt on again giving us some truly dazzling displays.

He his a talent and would be a massive coup for Mr. Appleton also showing the owners what is possible with the right players on board.

Get it done.

Good enough.

On we go.

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]reiko082[/bold] wrote: David Bentley, eh. Only players who want to play for the shirt, eh. Right, okay.[/p][/quote]Sounds a quality addition the boy Rekik plus Appleton knows exactly what he his getting. So far as the Bentley rumor goes let us hope this happens would rather have a proven player than one who isn't esp in the position that our team is crying out for. Bentley returned to the club he supported as a boy, and in that position myself I would have done exactly the same. Mitigating factors in Bentleys departure came at the time when a disintegration was becoming apparent under Hughes due to the sniveling lack of ambition with the Walkers. The last game of the season down at relegated Birmingham which we lost 3 - 1, and had we won that day would have taken us into the Europa League. I watched that game and realized the magic had disappeared with something afoot with the beloved ? Our team that day had the quality to have **** that game, but limped through with a tepid display. Gutted. The rest is history as they say ! If Bentley is available, and let us consider his genuine remorse here with the way things turned out, it is a no brainer, in my opinion. I would love to see him pull that B&W shirt on again giving us some truly dazzling displays. He his a talent and would be a massive coup for Mr. Appleton also showing the owners what is possible with the right players on board. Get it done. Good enough. On we go. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 7

9:34am Fri 15 Feb 13

Adil_321 says...

Buzzing for tomorrow Match! My first game with rovers fan at Emirates! cannot wait!! Come on MA Barmy Army!! Supporting them all the way from London!! (Y)
Buzzing for tomorrow Match! My first game with rovers fan at Emirates! cannot wait!! Come on MA Barmy Army!! Supporting them all the way from London!! (Y) Adil_321
  • Score: 5

9:52am Fri 15 Feb 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Adil_321 wrote:
Buzzing for tomorrow Match! My first game with rovers fan at Emirates! cannot wait!! Come on MA Barmy Army!! Supporting them all the way from London!! (Y)
Excellent mate.

Sold out the 1400 allocation so let us hear you roar the boys on.

Enjoy.

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]Adil_321[/bold] wrote: Buzzing for tomorrow Match! My first game with rovers fan at Emirates! cannot wait!! Come on MA Barmy Army!! Supporting them all the way from London!! (Y)[/p][/quote]Excellent mate. Sold out the 1400 allocation so let us hear you roar the boys on. Enjoy. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 5

10:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

Two Hats says...

Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
Adil_321 wrote:
Buzzing for tomorrow Match! My first game with rovers fan at Emirates! cannot wait!! Come on MA Barmy Army!! Supporting them all the way from London!! (Y)
Excellent mate.

Sold out the 1400 allocation so let us hear you roar the boys on.

Enjoy.

Arte et labore
COYB
[quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adil_321[/bold] wrote: Buzzing for tomorrow Match! My first game with rovers fan at Emirates! cannot wait!! Come on MA Barmy Army!! Supporting them all the way from London!! (Y)[/p][/quote]Excellent mate. Sold out the 1400 allocation so let us hear you roar the boys on. Enjoy. Arte et labore[/p][/quote]COYB Two Hats
  • Score: 3

10:38am Fri 15 Feb 13

Adil_321 says...

Cheers Mate, and yes mate COYB! got seat in block 20 row 7 hopefully a great view! Will be one rocking atmosphere!! Roll on Saturday!
Cheers Mate, and yes mate COYB! got seat in block 20 row 7 hopefully a great view! Will be one rocking atmosphere!! Roll on Saturday! Adil_321
  • Score: 4

10:38am Fri 15 Feb 13

Mytimeto says...

The more ambitious players the better. Hopefully this helps galvanise the team even more.

As their enthusiasm will make the older more established players step up more I think.

Leon Best really will be the biggest help when back.
The more ambitious players the better. Hopefully this helps galvanise the team even more. As their enthusiasm will make the older more established players step up more I think. Leon Best really will be the biggest help when back. Mytimeto
  • Score: 4

11:14am Fri 15 Feb 13

Navy-Rover says...

Absolutely gutted i can't go to the game tomorrow, it's only a short tube ride away! Sometimes, working shifts here in London really pi$$es me off!

COYB - Stick it to em!
Absolutely gutted i can't go to the game tomorrow, it's only a short tube ride away! Sometimes, working shifts here in London really pi$$es me off! COYB - Stick it to em! Navy-Rover
  • Score: 4

11:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

leonm987 says...

The Guardian still think Venky's are clowns with this quote, 'Blackburn have had a pretty dismal season, continuing to be run as if for comic, rather than sporting, effect.'
The Guardian still think Venky's are clowns with this quote, 'Blackburn have had a pretty dismal season, continuing to be run as if for comic, rather than sporting, effect.' leonm987
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Fri 15 Feb 13

uber blue and white says...

what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC
what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC uber blue and white
  • Score: 0

12:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

earwego says...

uber blue and white wrote:
what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC
Todd back at Chelski, loan finished. Rekik signed on loan in time for match with Arsenal
[quote][p][bold]uber blue and white[/bold] wrote: what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC[/p][/quote]Todd back at Chelski, loan finished. Rekik signed on loan in time for match with Arsenal earwego
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Fri 15 Feb 13

xsblue says...

up for`t`cup come on you blues.........
up for`t`cup come on you blues......... xsblue
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

merlinrabbit says...

I think some of you are maybe missing the point people are making about Bentley. I don't think the issue is him moving on. It was his arrogance when interviewed about Hughes possible replacement. He said flippantly that it basically didn't matter as he wouldn't be at rovers by then. He was still a rovers player at that time and rovers had not had any bids. I was annoyed at the time but won't hold it against him now. He was just a cocktail young lady who thought he was going to be the next Beckham. How he fell. My concern is that he's barely played in the last two years so is he fit and does he still have it in him?
I think some of you are maybe missing the point people are making about Bentley. I don't think the issue is him moving on. It was his arrogance when interviewed about Hughes possible replacement. He said flippantly that it basically didn't matter as he wouldn't be at rovers by then. He was still a rovers player at that time and rovers had not had any bids. I was annoyed at the time but won't hold it against him now. He was just a cocktail young lady who thought he was going to be the next Beckham. How he fell. My concern is that he's barely played in the last two years so is he fit and does he still have it in him? merlinrabbit
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Fri 15 Feb 13

keanoutofrovers says...

uber blue and white wrote:
what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC
I assume you never saw him play. Nowhere near ready for the first team. Rekik will hopefully play at left back and allow Martin to push forward. Could be a useful signing.
[quote][p][bold]uber blue and white[/bold] wrote: what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC[/p][/quote]I assume you never saw him play. Nowhere near ready for the first team. Rekik will hopefully play at left back and allow Martin to push forward. Could be a useful signing. keanoutofrovers
  • Score: 1

3:41pm Fri 15 Feb 13

ChrisDeBerg says...

keanoutofrovers wrote:
uber blue and white wrote:
what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC
I assume you never saw him play. Nowhere near ready for the first team. Rekik will hopefully play at left back and allow Martin to push forward. Could be a useful signing.
His loan deal was only for a month due to the Henley injury, MA came in after the loan and decided Orr would be the better player at the moment for RB, Henley possibly coming back from injury shortly, we don't really need another RB for cover, we need to reduce a scary wage bill, pretty much no place at Blackburn for him.

RTID
[quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uber blue and white[/bold] wrote: what happened to todd kane has his loan run out or what????? he seemed to be a top prospect for BRFC[/p][/quote]I assume you never saw him play. Nowhere near ready for the first team. Rekik will hopefully play at left back and allow Martin to push forward. Could be a useful signing.[/p][/quote]His loan deal was only for a month due to the Henley injury, MA came in after the loan and decided Orr would be the better player at the moment for RB, Henley possibly coming back from injury shortly, we don't really need another RB for cover, we need to reduce a scary wage bill, pretty much no place at Blackburn for him. RTID ChrisDeBerg
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