Date: 24th December 2009 at 10:37am
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Rovers gaffer Sam Allardyce has told Benni McCarthy that he is still wanted at Ewood Park and that it is up to him what happens – it’s all about his attitude and goals.

Some constructive words have been passed onto the South African, who is a known hot head but also as a very talented footballer when he wants to be.

Big Sam, speaking to Sky Sports said – “All Benni has to do is run around, play like we all know he can and score me some goals. That way he will stay in the team every week. If that`s the case, there`s no need for him to go anywhere else.

“Unless somebody comes in with a massive offer and we can`t refuse it. Do the job we know he can do, score goals for Blackburn Rovers, he`ll go to the World Cup in his own country, which will be a great experience, then he can come back next season and do it all over again.

“The ball`s in his court. When he gets an opportunity to play, he must play like Benni McCarthy can, not how Benni McCarthy sometimes plays. At times he`s not quite shown the ability he has in every game he plays.

“You have to play your best every time you get picked in this league. This club has not had a player of his ability for a long time. What we want to see is that ability used on a regular basis. That`s all that`s keeping him out of the side.

“He`s too long in the tooth for me to change him, he has to change himself. I can`t change him. I can give him the tools to be better in every department, but it`s whether he wants to make himself better. If we get there, we can all go forward together.”

So what do we reckon? Fair cop?