Rovers Chat talk to lifelong Burnley fan Owen Jackson ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Rovers’ fierce rivals.
What do you think of Burnley’s transfer window so far?
“The transfer window before Wood arrived was probably a 4/10, we improved 1 position with Cork, and got decent back up in other areas. Wood arrived, and I’d say at the moment it’s a 6/10 window. However, this time last year we hadn’t signed Hendrick or Defour (who were both vital for survival last year) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again judge Burnley at the end of the transfer window, not during it as we are infamous for doing our business right at the death of the window.”
What do you make of Rovers’ transfer window summer deals?
“In my opinion, the signings Mowbray has made in League 1 have been 10x better than the one’s Coyle made last year previous to the 2016/17 Championship season. Peter Whittingham is someone I’ve always admired, with this quality delivery of the ball, but look how good Cardiff are doing without him, as they sit top of the table in the Championship. The stand out signing for Blackburn for me is Bradley Dack, he is a quality player in league 1 and I believe he will further his game and become a quality championship level player in the future. If you can keep hold of Mulgrew, then that will be the best bit of business you’ve done all window. He could easily get into 75% of Championship sides.”
Who is your team’s player to watch and why?
“I’d say our player to watch is Steven Defour. He’s without a doubt the most talented player I myself have ever watched play in a Burnley shirt. He showed his quality in the 1st half of last season when he ran the game against Liverpool in the 2-0 win. The Belgian can pick a pass and also drive with the ball and test the keeper; as seen with his goal against Hull last season.”
How do you see your season going?
“I think our season depends on whether we sign another player or two. We desperately need another centre half, not to replace Tarkowski, just for back up as Kevin Long just isn’t good enough. We’re in need of pace in the team, as our 2 fastest players, Gray and Darikwa, left us this year. If we sign a centre half and a pacey winger, I think we’ll be safe this season. If we don’t however, it could be a very long season for Burnley”
The Rovers-Burnley rivalry is obviously massive, just how big do you think it is?
“I’ve only experienced 19 years of Burnley Blackburn derbies. I never truly experienced what it was like when we were in the low depths of the Football League. But, what I have experienced is a fierce game of football, with 2 sets of fans that despise each other. The first derby I went to was in 2009 when Olsson took a dive and you beat us at Turf Moor, because of that game I understand the mutual hatred between the two sets of fans.”
How do you think the game will go?
“The pressure is all on us -as my friends who are Blackburn fans keep telling me. If Dyche does what he did last year against Accrington Stanley and plays youngsters then I can see the game being a lot harder than if we play our 1st team. Usually, a second round tie in the league cup against a team almost 40 divisional places lower than us wouldn’t require 1st team players. But this is much bigger than your standard second round tie.”
“I think the game will end up 2-0 Burnley”
Rovers Chat would like to thank Owen for taking time out to conduct this interview with us.
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