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Blackburn Rovers blog: Charlie is the player Blues are missing
CHARLIE Adam may have had a certain amount of fortune on his way to a brace at Ewood Park on Saturday, but his impact for Blackpool was a reminder of what Blackburn Rovers are still lacking.
Blackpool may survive this season because of the presence of a truly inspirational creative talent in central midfield.
In contrast, rarely have Rovers had a man in the heart of midfield who can change a game like Adam has done on so many occasions.
It is a problem, it should be noted for the sake of fairness, that existed before the arrival of Venky’s and the appointment of Steve Kean as boss.
David Dunn fulfilled the role for much of last season but his lack of injuries during 2009/10 was something of an exception.
He could still have an impact this season and beyond, but sadly Rovers cannot rely on his availability on a regular basis at the moment.
In Steven Nzonzi, Jermaine Jones, Vince Grella, Keith Andrews, Brett Emerton and even Phil Jones when utilised in midfield, Rovers have willing workers but none could be regarded as attacking playmakers.
Morten Gamst Pedersen is a more natural wide man and has now lost his place altogether, while Junior Hoilett can also operate centrally but often does his best work on the flanks.
That leaves Mauro Formica, the unknown quantity who one fears might be expected by some to be the season’s saviour when he makes his first-team debut.
Reports suggest he has quality, but how long it will take him to find his best form and what position he will operate in still remain unclear.
It is little wonder, then, that Rovers held an interest in Adam in January. With Liverpool and Tottenham in the hunt, he may be beyond their reach now.
But, should Rovers survive, it is likely they will need someone like Adam next season to avoid another campaign like this one.
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