As Rovers look to make it back to the Championship at the first time of asking, @maxmcloughlin looks at how Danny Graham could be key to Rovers’ success.
As Blackburn Rovers look for a resurgence bringing them back to the glory days , they need goals, and who better than to call on, than 31 year-old Danny Graham?
Graham made his professional debut against Manchester United, and he has scored 120 goals for 12 clubs including Sunderland and Swansea, showing he’s a proven goal scorer. Performing in the Premier League for Swansea, he managed to bag 15 goals but declined from there and moved to Hull City and Sunderland.
Since then, his career hasn’t reached the heights he would of liked then moving to Wolves where he scored once in 8 games. In 2016, he joined Paul Lambert’s Blackburn Rovers in the Football League Championship, who had just let go of main man Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough.
For the Blues faithful, they were delighted to see what could be the start of a push back up the table. Graham had a good spell scoring goals in games. Owen Coyle then brought Graham back to Ewood in the summer of 2016. Graham struggled for fitness and rarely lasted 90 minutes.
Graham has been reported as having coming into training a week early to work on his fitness, and has been working close with Tony Mowbray to shed the weight that has made him become so slow. Rovers have made numerous additions to the squad to accompany Graham, with new signing Bradley Dack attempting to form a partnership with Graham.
Danny has scored in every pre-season game on English soil. He scored a last minute winner at Barrow, and then followed that up again York with a header over the keeper after Elliott Bennett perfectly weighted the ball over to him. Graham then added his third of pre-season at Morecambe after pouncing on the end of Dack’s deflected shock.
As a decent pre season is coming to an end, Graham has been in scoring form and will be looking to open his account in League One on the 5th of August, when Rovers take on Southend.
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