Luke Varney pushing for Blackburn Rovers start

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BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer insists striker Luke Varney has not been signed just to act as cover.

Varney came off the bench to make his Rovers debut in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough after completing his loan move from Championship rivals Leeds United.

And Bowyer is adamant the 31-year-old, who can also play out wide, will soon be pushing for a place in his starting line-up.

Bowyer said: “A lot of work has gone into the deal and the lad was desperate to come and join us.

“When he came on I think he showed the fans what he is going to bring to us with his aggression and powerful running.

“Luke has not come to be cover.

“He’s come to get in the first team and add some firepower up there.”

Hamstring victim Josh King is unlikely to play again this month, while fellow wide man Ben Marshall faces a fight to be fit before the end of the season after sustaining ankle-ligament damage.

Varney said: “I enjoy playing up top and we’ve got a fantastic finisher up there in Jordan Rhodes.

“So it’s up to me to do some of the donkey work and Rudy Gestede can do some of it too.

“I don’t mind playing anywhere across that front three.

“But wherever the gaffer chooses me I will do my best.”

Such has been Bowyer’s paucity of attacking options he has had to include 16-year-old Connor Mahoney in five of the nine matchday squads he has named this year.

The highly rated winger, who turns 17 tomorrow, will spend time away from Rovers at the end of this month after he earned his second England U17s call-up.

Mahoney, who made his debut for the young Lions last month, has been named in the 20-man squad for the Algarve Tournament. England will face Netherlands, Portugal and Germany in the annual Portuguese competition.

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10:43am Tue 11 Feb 14

Truerover85 says...

He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.
He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong. Truerover85

10:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

Dukes says...

We will judge him when he plays . I know its cheap option bringing him in but did well at blackpool on loan when their were in the premi league.
We will judge him when he plays . I know its cheap option bringing him in but did well at blackpool on loan when their were in the premi league. Dukes

12:05pm Tue 11 Feb 14

jimluftas says...

Truerover85 wrote:
He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.
So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?
[quote][p][bold]Truerover85[/bold] wrote: He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.[/p][/quote]So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o? jimluftas

12:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Gestede is doing the donkey work for Rhodes already we don't need another only for cover, If GB wants to play him out wide as a 3 up but we have Conway and Taylor. Gestede has to take priority for me. Don't upset the apple cart GB.
Gestede is doing the donkey work for Rhodes already we don't need another only for cover, If GB wants to play him out wide as a 3 up but we have Conway and Taylor. Gestede has to take priority for me. Don't upset the apple cart GB. A Rover 45 years and over

12:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

The Jury is out on Varney because we have not seen enough of him,,but l will wager he puts in the effort and the fans will take to him,,
The Jury is out on Varney because we have not seen enough of him,,but l will wager he puts in the effort and the fans will take to him,, noddy57

12:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Gestede is doing the donkey work for Rhodes already we don't need another only for cover, If GB wants to play him out wide as a 3 up but we have Conway and Taylor. Gestede has to take priority for me. Don't upset the apple cart GB.
Gestede is indeed a donkey, and Rhodes goals have dried up so who is the answer to your all-or-nothing need for promotion this season.....

Step forward Luke Varney!

Honestly, you couldn't make it up.
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Gestede is doing the donkey work for Rhodes already we don't need another only for cover, If GB wants to play him out wide as a 3 up but we have Conway and Taylor. Gestede has to take priority for me. Don't upset the apple cart GB.[/p][/quote]Gestede is indeed a donkey, and Rhodes goals have dried up so who is the answer to your all-or-nothing need for promotion this season..... Step forward Luke Varney! Honestly, you couldn't make it up. look.up.blackburn

1:25pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Not_A_Loon_From_Pune says...

jimluftas wrote:
Truerover85 wrote:
He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.
So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?
Agreed. All the aforementioned are average at best. I can't see him getting anywhere near the starting lineup.
[quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Truerover85[/bold] wrote: He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.[/p][/quote]So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?[/p][/quote]Agreed. All the aforementioned are average at best. I can't see him getting anywhere near the starting lineup. Not_A_Loon_From_Pune

2:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

bburnrover says...

why have we signed him? GB does not know how to get them playing attacking football we have to try to keep a clean sheet or we are up against it because we cannot score goals.
why have we signed him? GB does not know how to get them playing attacking football we have to try to keep a clean sheet or we are up against it because we cannot score goals. bburnrover

3:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

MxMave says...

Not_A_Loon_From_Pune wrote:
jimluftas wrote:
Truerover85 wrote:
He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.
So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?
Agreed. All the aforementioned are average at best. I can't see him getting anywhere near the starting lineup.
Or Chris Taylor, Dabo, Lucas Neill & Conway...
[quote][p][bold]Not_A_Loon_From_Pune[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Truerover85[/bold] wrote: He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.[/p][/quote]So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?[/p][/quote]Agreed. All the aforementioned are average at best. I can't see him getting anywhere near the starting lineup.[/p][/quote]Or Chris Taylor, Dabo, Lucas Neill & Conway... MxMave

8:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

cboyer says...

MxMave wrote:
Not_A_Loon_From_Pune wrote:
jimluftas wrote:
Truerover85 wrote:
He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.
So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?
Agreed. All the aforementioned are average at best. I can't see him getting anywhere near the starting lineup.
Or Chris Taylor, Dabo, Lucas Neill & Conway...
chris taylor sh1t hot hard working and a decent team player
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Not_A_Loon_From_Pune[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Truerover85[/bold] wrote: He reminds me of Paul Dickov! He'll try his best but sadly he's just not good enough. This is the first player brought in from Bowyer which I've questioned. Just hope he proves me wrong.[/p][/quote]So you didn't question marrow, judge or songo'o?[/p][/quote]Agreed. All the aforementioned are average at best. I can't see him getting anywhere near the starting lineup.[/p][/quote]Or Chris Taylor, Dabo, Lucas Neill & Conway...[/p][/quote]chris taylor sh1t hot hard working and a decent team player cboyer

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