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Gallacher hails Rovers’ swoop for striker Leon Best
LEON Best’s £3million move to Blackburn Rovers continues a “promising” start to pre season – but the Ewood faithful should not expect the former Newcastle man to be the ‘next Yakubu’.
That is the verdict of former Rovers striker Kevin Gallacher, who has watched Best in action closely at both the Magpies and Coventry City, clubs he also played for.
Best completed his four-year deal early yesterday evening to become Rovers’ second signing of the summer, after former Fulham skipper Danny Murphy joined last week.
Portuguese youth international Fabio Nunes is also expected to put to pen paper imminently, with his medical set to be completed today, while former Benfica striker Nuno Gomes is also expected to sign later this week.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva remains a target for the Championship new boys although a deal has yet to be agreed for the highly-sought after 23-year-old.
Best, 25, has not been known for a prolific strike rate during his career and Gallacher believes Rovers are signing a different ‘type’ of player to the now departed Yakubu.
Gallacher said: “Leon is a decent Championship signing. He is a good Championship player, who maybe struggled in the Premier League at times.
“You never know how many goals he will score at Blackburn until you see the players around him and the formation he will be playing in. He maybe isn’t as prolific a goal scorer as Yakubu was.
“He is a different type of player though. You will get more movement out of him and he will be better suited to playing the one up front role, if needed.
“Yak had a fantastic season. You might not get one player scoring the goals he did but we have to be looking at replacing those goals between a couple of our strikers. I believe we have the fire power now, we just need to create the chances.”
The make up of Rovers squad for next season remains uncertain ahead of the start of pre season training on Thursday, with a number of players still understood to be looking for exits.
Gallacher though believes the addition of Murphy and Best is a good start but knows that has to be built on by manager Steve Kean and Venky’s.
“It is a promising start isn’t it?”, he said. “Danny Murphy should be a good signing, as long as he maintains the enthusiasm, and will add more creativity to the midfield.
“We all knew we needed players more used to English football and we at least seem to be adding that now. There is more to do but is a promising start, after what has happened.
“I watched Leon a lot when he was at Coventry and, on his day, he was a very good striker. Towards the end of his time he perhaps didn’t look interested but he got a good move to Newcastle and did okay there.
“If Rovers can get him in the right frame of mind, then I’m sure they have got themselves a good player.”