Whittingham a Real Coup for Rovers

The signing of Peter Whittingham has been a joy to behold for a Rovers fan base that has seen very few rays of light under the ownership of Venkys.

Peter Whittingham

The Cardiff City legend comes to a Rovers side which looked bereft of creativity last season, and fans will be hoping he can recreate some of the magic he displayed in his 10-year tenure at Cardiff City.

The central midfielder, who can also play on the wing, will be a calming influence in a Blackburn side which has lacked a competent ball playing midfielder since the departure of Tom Cairney to Fulham.

What he lacks in pace, he makes up for with his ability to read a game and pick a pass. Whittingham, who was offered a new deal by Cardiff but turned it down for first-team football, is likely to run the Blackburn midfield by dictating the pace of the game.

Whittingham also has an eye for goal, racking up 85 goals in 413 appearances for Cardiff City. 7 of which came in his last season at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Whittingham, who failed to make a scoring impact in the friendly matches against National League side Barrow and Czech side Sparta Prague, has shown composure on the ball in both pre-season friendlies. His set piece deliveries were a constant threat for Barrow and Rovers can count themselves unlucky to have not scored from at least one.

Similarly against Sparta, his set piece deliveries were often fantastic. What was more evident however in the game against the Czech side was his composure on the ball. In a torrid season last year, Rovers rarely had composure when in possession of the ball. This led to us often losing the ball in positions where we should have been keeping it simple. Whittingham already looks as if he is ironing this out in midfield. His ability to accurately play a simple pass, and open up the play by spreading it to either wing is something we missed last season.

The 32-year-old found himself alongside former Rovers frontman Jordan Rhodes in the Football League team of the decade in 2015, and has been in the Championship team of the season a total of three times.

Whittingham’s experience is going to be vital to a Rovers side who conceded late goals far too often in a season which ended with relegation from the Championship. With Tony Mowbray’s cry for ‘soldiers and artists,’ Whittingham fits the bill of the type of player Rovers are looking for.

A midfielder with an eye for goal, and who can pick a pass and read the game superbly, has been something Rovers have lacked for a long time. Whittingham will hope to fill that hole and bring much needed experience to a Rovers side, looking to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

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