Date: 26th July 2015 at 9:44am
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Nathan Delfouneso was (as far as I can remember) always heralded as a star for the future at Aston Villa but it never really happened for him with them or Blackpool, would it be any different with Blackburn Rovers??

Now Jordan Rhodes has basically admitted (for the first time) he wants to leave Ewood Park with Rudy Gestede seemingly a dead cert to do this anyway (funnily enough being linked with a move to Villa Park now!!) Gary Bowyer’s desperate need for some striking additions has grown.

I’m sorry it’s come to Rhodes needing to publicly voice his desire to leave (he says Middlesbrough but I feel this was a more open ended plea) but I don’t begrudge the Scottish International at all as he feels let down by Rovers, which to a degree he has of course. We’ll not be challenging for a place in The Barclays Premier League anytime soon will we.

Gestede is Gestede. He’s been relatively honest and open with what he wants, so far he’s not demanded a move (not that Rhodes did) but the Benin International is ready to step up again, it’ll just not be with Rovers.

With neither Rhodes or Gestede, which was hardly a surprise, involved against Tranmere Rovers or Oldham Athletic in our latest Pre-Season friendlies we’ll do well to see them in Rovers colours again you feel, which (again) wouldn’t be that surprising but getting players in that aren’t going to cost any money to sign (as we can’t do this!!), fall within the Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions we have of being FREE or would come in on loan we’re very limited.

Beggars can’t be chooser’s springs to mind!!

However, they’ve got to have something about them we’ll be better off with none than signings for the sake of it but where do the likes of Delfouneso come in??

Such was our lack of available strikers at Oldham on Saturday afternoon with the International duo injured, Chris Brown (again!!) injured and new signing Bengali-Fode Koita not featuring (he’s unfamiliar with English Football too so how much pressure can we heap on him??) John O’Sullivan was a makeshift striker but Delfouneso added something when he came on as a second half trialist, scoring once and going close with another effort.

I remember the twenty-four-year-old being raved about as a young player at Villa Park and him being an England Under-21 International that would complete his rise through the Under-16, 17, 19 and U21 levels to become a Full England International. However, this never happened. After loans with our rivals Burnley, Leicester City, Blackpool (a couple of times) and Coventry City he finally got released and signed for Blackpool.

Three goals in almost forty appearances for The Tangerines isn’t much to brag about, however, they had an awful season with crisis after crisis at Bloomfield Road (and we think we’ve got it bad!!)

Delfouneso is hardly in the JR or RG category but if he can get a regular run in the side maybe he’ll do it for Rovers, I’ll refer to the beggars can’t be chooser’s thoughts again and say we might not be in a position to do better than ND but could perhaps do far worse!!

It’ll certainly be interesting to see what Bowyer does and what unfolds in the next seven to ten days or so could be truly defining moments for Rovers’ 2015-2016 season (not that it’ll be a massive surprise if things trundled along until the dying embers of the Summer Transfer Window!!)

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