Date: 23rd June 2007 at 9:23am
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According to reports this week Jason Roberts is unhappy at Ewood Park due to personal reasons and is eager to move south to be nearer his family.

This, of course, follows on from the utterances of Benni McCarthy`s pining for a Champions League club (West Ham need not apply).

So, for the second consecutive summer, Mark Hughes could be forced to seriously re-think his plans should his preferred strike pairing leave for pastures new.

The club have already made a strong stance regarding Benni`s future, rebuffing all approaches for last season`s Premiership second top-goalscorer.

Chelsea has been credited with an interest with Jose Mourinho`s meddling tactics being used and recently West Ham were thought to lodge an offensive £6million bid.

Now it would appear as though Roberts is trying to hatch an escape route from our ‘small town in Lancashire`. Charlton are rumoured to be sniffing around in light of these latest developments.

Roberts has been a surprisingly sought after forward this summer despite missing the majority of the last campaign through injury. Everton have been linked on numerous occasions as have Spanish sides including last years UEFA Cup winners Sevilla.

However, he himself said, at the end of the season, how happy he was and how he is going to try his utmost to convince Benni to stay. These don`t sound like the words of someone wanting to leave, unless things have changed behind the scenes.

Should he or McCarthy, or both, even leave then Hughes has some major work to do to restructure his striking options. Last summer this was the case following Craig Bellamy`s exit and the departure of fans favourite Paul Dickov. Hughes had to work hard to create a brand new strike partnership and he managed to do so, on the cheap, and with great effect last season.

However, it would be a tall order to expect this to happen again, even with the projected investment. Such disruption is detrimental to the plans for taking this club forward and we must hope that nothing materialises from both instances. Alas, where would Rovers look for new strikers, who would be interested in joining us? These are difficult questions to answer.


20 Replies to “Rovers Heading For a Striker Crisis?”

  • It would be very disappointing should they leave. Both have still plenty to do to repay Rovers for having confidence in them. It would also put Hughes in a horrible situation again, one that he brilliantly wriggled out of last summer. I don’t know where we could get two new strikers from without breaking the bank. PLus all of this smacks of misplaced loyalty should these rumours be true about JR.

  • I don’t think he wil go. I hope he doesnt and I think that this is mere speculation…. there has been no direct quote from Jason.

  • People- we’re supposed to get 90M$ thanks to the Sky rights. Why everybody keeps saying we should’nt break the bank????

  • much as it is a tempting thought, much of that will be used to ensure the stable financil future of the club. blow a load quickly on players who dont provide and we end up playing leeds!

  • Guys i dont think this is as bad as it seems. We have a player who has openly asked for a bigger club to buy him (McCarthy), a guy who i wouldnt pay 50 cents for (Nonda), and a guy who has simply not convinced me (Roberts). There are some top line strikers available these days with the merry go round happining, and im sure sparky will make the right moves. Ive mentioned it before, but with the cash coming in, id splash it on a defoe and bellers.

  • I think that stability is hardly our problem: I can’t remember the last time we spent alot of money during the transfer window: maybe in Kidd’s term we did

  • Roberts has convinced me… I think he is crucial to next season as he is the only striker at the club who can actually play with everyone else. He may not convince everyone but he convinces me.

  • Jury still out on Roberst for me but I am keen for him to stay here! I still hold the opinion that Benni will be at Rovers next term too but thought I would float the concept of a new strike force being required!

  • I cant see them both leaving…. I think its the media who are bored of the lack of transfer activity at the moment until July 1.

  • flipping eck, were goning to have no1 left at this rate

    although gally n derbs were awesome against everton lol but i doubt the plan is just them 2

    surely hughes has some1 lined up, i.e bellamy?

  • Roberts woud be a big loss for Rovers but if he wants to head on for family reasons then fair enough, there are some things more important ( if its for real anyway ) If he’s thinking about Charlton then its not for footballing reasons anyway

  • i was watchin sky sports news dis morning and roberts gave an interview and he is talkin bout how he wants benni to stay at rovers which doesnt sound like some1 who is goin and the reporter didnt even bring up anything bout him leavin which suggests he is going nowhere

  • Well thats good news for Rovers, Roberts will be a big player for us next season, the transfer window’s not open yet though, so lets hope he stays

  • I hope you are right Mikey as like you he has convinced me and as you say he can play with anyone as he can adapt his game. with Benni, Derbs and a 1.5 million rated Nonda we should be right surely?!?!?

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