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Just now, Craigman said:
 

Southampton striker Sam Gallagher’s protracted move to Blackburn Rovers should go through this weekend. £5m a good price for Saints, who are trimming squad before further signings

 
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Yup, Wallace is reputable too 👍🏼

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Would there be any chance of getting the United young centre back who was on loan at villa? As they've seemed to have signed a couple permanently already. Not going to attempt his name but he's quick and can get about. Possibly a loan deal. It would show intent and I can't see any other premier league club except villa looking at him but they've already signed a few.

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37 minutes ago, Biz said:

TONY Mowbray is looking to strike the right balance in his squad as he bids to compete at the sharp end of the Championship.

The Rovers boss has so far added experience to his dressing room in the form of Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson.

Former England winger Downing, who turns 35 in 10 days, has been there, seen it and done it during his time with Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, West Ham and Liverpool.

Johnson is 32 and having previously won promotion from the second tier and played in the Premier League with Norwich, was in the Derby side that lost out in the play-off final to Aston Villa in May.

Goalkeeper David Raya has been the most high profile departure with Mowbray making it clear he wants a senior replacement for the 23-year-old after his move to Brentford.

“We hope Stewart and Bradley can come and reproduce what they’ve done in the past,” said the Rovers boss.

“They are very talented footballers.

I know they are in their 30s but we’ve got players like (Dan) Butterworth and (John) Buckley and (Tyler) Magloire and other young players who we really like and think can push on.

 

“We’re just trying to get a balance right with experienced players and the youth and exciting players that are coming through.”

Downing was first through the door this summer, quickly followed by Johnson who has signed a two-year deal.

Having played in the top flight during his time at Carrow Road, he was also a play-off winner in 2015 alongside Elliott Bennett. 

Down the pecking order at Derby, Mowbray moved quickly to get his man having been impressed by what he saw at close quarters last season.

Johnson made 34 appearances for the Rams in all competitions in 2018/19 and started both games against Rovers, a 0-0 draw at Pride Park last September and a 2-0 defeat for Frank Lampard’s men at Ewood Park in April.

“When we played at Pride Park last season he was the best player on the pitch, and by a considerable way I thought,” Mowbray said of his new recruit.

“Even though we managed to scrape out a 0-0 draw against them that night he controlled the game with his left foot and his power and his composure.

“I’m just delighted we’ve managed to get him on board.

“I hope he comes here and enjoys his football and makes us a better team.”

Work continues in the transfer market for Rovers who have also added midfielder Tom White and goalkeeper Joe Hilton to their Under-23s squad.

At least one goalkeeper is set to arrive after Raya’s departure while new additions in the final third are a priority with Sam Gallagher continuing to be linked to an Ewood Park return.

Interesting that he names Butterworth, Buckley and Magloire whilst intimating that he’s happy to sign older players because they believe in those particular players...😉

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At least if the Gallagher deal finally gets done, we can move onto other targets.

Not a bad signing i don't think. Needs to be played correctly though.

Must mean someone is for the chop, assuming it would be Nuttall.

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£5million and bought from a PL club, with the contracts that entails, what does that do for the ‘flex’?

Edited by Mattyblue

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Just now, Tom Stinny said:

Would there be any chance of getting the United young centre back who was on loan at villa? As they've seemed to have signed a couple permanently already. Not going to attempt his name but he's quick and can get about. Possibly a loan deal. It would show intent and I can't see any other premier league club except villa looking at him but they've already signed a few.

Tuanzebe ?

hes a good player. I read villa want him back next season so highly unlikely

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Just now, Mattyblue said:

£5million and bought from a PL club, with the contracts that entails, what does that do for the ‘flex’?

'Flex' doesn't suit this narrative so it's swept aside....for now.

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3 minutes ago, davulsukur said:

At least if the Gallagher deal finally gets done, we can move onto other targets.

Not a bad signing i don't think. Needs to be played correctly though.

Must mean someone is for the chop, assuming it would be Nuttall.

Thats the problem here. I will take him if the lad is played frequently and in his natural position. Will TM do that? I'm not sure.

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8 hours ago, roverandout said:

Didn't play a single minute at the 94 world cup. My point is no one really knew much about Ronaldo until his move to Barcelona

Of course loads of people with an interest in football knew about Ronaldo. When barca signed him it was for a world record fee. They didn't randomly just sign some guy nobody had heard of. 

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Just now, BankEnd Rover said:

Thats the problem here. I will take him if the lad is played frequently and in his natural position. Will TM do that? I'm not sure.

Well TM still sees BB as a wide forward. One thing, there is going to be lots of competition for places in every position apart from defence where we would be lucky to even field one right now.  

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8 minutes ago, davulsukur said:

At least if the Gallagher deal finally gets done, we can move onto other targets.

Not a bad signing i don't think. Needs to be played correctly though.

Must mean someone is for the chop, assuming it would be Nuttall.

If its dropping Nuttall for Gallagher I will be happy. I am looking forward to our premiership strike partnership of Gallagher and Brereton. 

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6 hours ago, RevidgeBlue said:

Bit worrying that Mowbray has dampened down expectations to the point where having brought in a 35 year old and a 32 year old on free transfers into an area where we were numerically already well stocked, and having sold our first choice keeper with no idea who's going to replace him, many people now seem happy with the idea of only signing a replacement keeper and a centre half.

The keeper isn't really an addition or improvement, it's trying to put us back into roughly the position we were before we sold Raya. Although I'd wager his replacement won't be as good.

As things stand with just over three weeks to go before the start of the season, we've replaced Conway with Downing, Reed with Johnson, have no first choice keeper, one decent CH and a 35 year old leading the attack.

Although certain posters try to portray everything that happens as a positive and as part of some grand design, I can't believe the majority would have been remotely happy with that had you offered it at the end of last season.

OK so you say we were numerically well stocked in the positions we signed Downing and Johnson for. Really. So if we didn't sign them you wouldn't be saying we need a winger or a centre mid? Sure. 

See this is the problem, I don't see anybody beating the overly positive drum. Some are just saying there is time left in the window and we don't need to press the panic button just yet. You and some others then try and spin that as something strange. 

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Our new formation this season 

1 - 1 - 7 - 2 

7 is to accommodate all the midfielders 

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Just now, JacknOry said:

Well TM still sees BB as a wide forward. One thing, there is going to be lots of competition for places in every position apart from defence where we would be lucky to even field one right now.  

Yep I’d be surprised if TM plays SG anywhere but ‘wide forward’. He’s not good enough in the air (despite being 6’4) to play the Graham role. Strange one this for me. The GK and CB wait goes on.

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Just now, BankEnd Rover said:

Thats the problem here. I will take him if the lad is played frequently and in his natural position. Will TM do that? I'm not sure.

Really is a crazy situation when we are feeling positive that our club might spend 5 million quid on a young striker but at the same time equally concerned it's money down the drain because the manager won't play him in his position and we still desperately need a keeper and good defenders.

Scattergun !

 

Edited by tomphil

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13 minutes ago, Mattyblue said:

£5million and bought from a PL club, with the contracts that entails, what does that do for the ‘flex’?

Ya, could work out expensive. Say a 4 year contract, plus the fee and you are into double figures in the millions. I just wonder is the flex open ended or will it impact us this window. 

I reckon the rest of the business will be a keeper on a free and a CB on loan. 

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6 hours ago, DeeCee said:

While we're waiting for some news/signings/Prem teams to announce their squads....

 

What a player but it should also be noted - what a team.

How can you not score when you have Zidane, Figo and Beckham behind you in midfield and Roberto Carlos and Salgado as your wingbacks?

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Gallagher dropped off during the 16/17 but the potential was there early doors, so not unhappy with the signing.

That said...... I can't be the only person who shudders a bit whenever I see the name Gallagher......

''Why did he cross the ball? Take it to the corner!!!!"

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Just now, tomphil said:

Really is a crazy situation when we are feeling positive that our club might spend 5 million quid on a young striker but at the same time equally concerned it's money down the drain because the manager won't play him in his position and we still desperately need a keeper and good defenders.

Scattergun !

 

Well someone will have to replace Graham IF he doesn't continue to deliver ad he had been. If he keeps delivering, then should he not keep his place? 

See we need a striker one way or another and we only play one up top. I would prefer Gallagher, Armstrong or Brereton to be given a run in their favoured position, but if they don't offer more than DG, we'll then they will need to get on somewhere else. 

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8 hours ago, Angry_Pirate said:

It's quite regrettable thinking that during those early to mid 90's, Blackburn Rovers could have (financially and even reputationally) signed almost any player in world football... the fact it "fell apart" so quickly after 1995 was a catastrophe and over loyalty to the 1994/1995 team... sounds familiar 👀.

Zidane (£3.5m) obviously being the famous example, but the fact we signed the likes of (no disrespect) Holmes, Coleman, Gudmundsson, McKinlay and Croft, when we could have been bidding for Dennis Bergkamp (£11m), Lilian Thuram (Free), Rivaldo (£10m) and Clarence Seedorf (£3m) who all moved within 1 year of winning the Prem. 

 

Thanks to the Walker Family who did everything they could to sabotage Rovers that summer. Of course they did the same thing with the trustees for years as well. Harford has to take some of the blame. He took the club from Champions to rock bottom in just over 12 months that certainly wasn't Jack's fault. If Jack did ask why the club needed Zidane what the hell was the answer? Maybe someone should look into that.

Edited by Vinjay17

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If Gallagher does sign, then i'm guessing that Mowbray's long term plan (season after next) will be 2 out of Gallagher, Brereton & Armstrong up top, as it's unlikely that both Graham and Dack will be here after this season for me.

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Just now, Bigdoggsteel said:

Well someone will have to replace Graham IF he doesn't continue to deliver ad he had been. If he keeps delivering, then should he not keep his place? 

See we need a striker one way or another and we only play one up top. I would prefer Gallagher, Armstrong or Brereton to be given a run in their favoured position, but if they don't offer more than DG, we'll then they will need to get on somewhere else. 

The argument there would be that we already bought somebody to replace Graham last season for quite a whack. 

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