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Blackburn Rovers Blog: Rovers needed more defenders
THE signing of Jordan Rhodes was a huge state-ment of intent from the owners, but will it prove yet another mistake?
Eight million pounds is a huge amount of money to spend, especially for a club outside the Premier League.
And it begs one massive question, why did it take relegation for them to put their hands in their pockets?
If they had chucked £15m-plus at the squad in January we may never have been in this mess in the first place.
I just hope the pressure – piled on by the enormous price tag – isn’t too much for the lad and he hits the ground scoring.
One thing was evident from the Leeds game, and that was maybe we shouldn’t have put so much time and energy into chasing an over-priced striker and perhaps looked at strengthening in defence.
Because Gael Givet aside, we just aren’t strong enough.
I said to friends in the run-up to the new season that perhaps we were just going to try to outscore everyone.
Perhaps the belief is that in this league, strike forces are so much worse than in the top flight that we don’t really need better defenders.
But when you see the way young Grant Hanley played, perhaps we should have brought somebody in.
And that is without looking at the major lack of options we have in the full back positions.
If we weren’t so good at giving away leads, we would be top of the league now, having won four out of four, and that is something that really needs to be looked at.
But at the end of the day, as with Ipswich, if you’d offered me a point at Elland Road before the game I would gladly have taken it.
We’ve got some hard games out of the way early on, and need to be looking to take at least seven points from Bristol City and the two home games against Barnsley and Middlesbrough.
It has been a good start for us so far, but I am still not convinced we can maintain it with the way we are playing.
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