As today is transfer deadline day, @barryshoz82 looks at Rovers’ history on the summer deadline day – including the great, and the not so great!
Since the inception of the transfer deadline introduced in the 2002/3 season, Blackburn Rovers have had some good last day deals – and it is fair to say, some not so good last day deals.
A number of changes have happened in the past 15 seasons, and more recently all loan deals have to be done prior to the end of the transfer window, making it more difficult for managers.
This has made the deadline day all the more important, and certainly more exciting. People used to love the Sky Sports coverage, when fans would be behind reporters outside their team’s ground.
A number of managers have presided over the final day of the transfer window for Rovers, ranging from Graeme Souness, all the way to current manager Tony Mowbray.
Managers such as Mark Hughes tended to do all the permanent business early in the window, with buys such as Roque Santa Cruz being in the squad for the start of the season. Not like Steve Kean, who has been involved in the most transfer deadline day deals in his short calamitous career.
With this year looking like it may be a busy day for Mowbray after admitting he will want to add two or three to the squad, and doubts over the futures of Danny Graham and Darragh Lenihan, the Rovers fans will be hoping for inspiring signings and loans to give confidence for the first half of ths season.
I will look at a few of the best and worst transfer deals that have taken place on the summer transfer deadline day over the past 15 seasons, and how they have affected the season ahead.
Charlie Mulgrew – August 2016 – Free Transfer from Celtic
After a difficult start for the club, the current Rovers captain fast become a fans’ favourite, and despite playing nearly 30 games in what ended up being a relegation season, he struck up a good centre half partnership with Lenihan which nearly pushed the Blues to safety. He is a master of free kicks, and two winning goals in 1-0 defeats of Newcastle home and away will stick in the fans’ minds. He has started with 3 goals this term, and Rovers’ fans hope he will captain them to a promotion season.
Yakubu – August 2011 – £2 million from Everton
Again, ‘The Yak’ was a fans’ favourite despite being part of another relegation season. In his one and only season for Steve Kean after signing from Everton, he built up a good partnership with Junior Hoilett, and managed 17 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions. Two goals on his debut in a 4-3 home win over Arsenal quickly helped the Nigerian gain a bond with the Ewood Park faithful, but his goals weren’t enough to keep the club in the Premiership.
Scott Dann – August 2011 – £6 million from Birmingham City
In the same transfer deadline day that Rovers signed Yakubu, Rovers brought in highly rated Scott Dann from recently relegated Birmingham City. Having previously worked for Steve Kean at Coventry City, Dann played nearly 100 games in nearly 3 seasons for Rovers, and in 2013 became club captain. Although this signing was seen negatively by the fans due to his previous collaboration with Kean, he led the club well in his 3 years before leaving for Crystal Palace on the January deadline day of 2014.
Shabani Nonda – August 2006 – Loan from Roma
What’s that coming over the hill?
Back in 2006, Rovers fans went into the last day of the transfer window knowing that the club were in need of a striker. Nonda wasn’t a name that the Rovers fans were hoping for, but Mark Hughes called the loan ‘a real coup’. Looking at his history, he was bought by Monaco in 2000 to replace David Trezeguet for €20 million, then this gave him the move to Roma. After injuries, Sparky give him a chance to resurrect his career at Ewood, and apart for 7 goals in 26 appearances, and a very catchy song from the Ewood fanatics to the tune of ‘Monster’ by the Automatic, he never hit the ground running. A missed penalty at the Blackburn End against rivals Bolton didn’t help, and Rovers decided not to take up the option of buying him a year later, before he moved to Galatasary in Turkey.
Jordan Slew – August 2011 – £1 million from Sheffield United
It is fair to say that Rovers never saw the best of Slew, playing only one game for Rovers before being shipped out on loan 5 times in 4 years, before he left in 2015. Signed for £1 million, the England U19 international was put straight into the academy squad and became a myth of Brockhall. Another of Kean and Venky’s bad decisions.
Nuno Henrique, Diogo Rosado, Grzegorz Sandomierski – August 2012 – From Acadmica, Sporting CP and Racing Genk.
Least said the better!!!!
Henrique and Rosado signed from Acadmica and Sporting Lisbon respectively, and Sandomierski signed from Racing Genk. Making a combined amount of 10 league appearances for Rovers, the less said about Nuno, Diogo and Grzegorz the better!
It is fair to say that Rovers don’t have a superb record leaving the transfer business late. Hopefully the business that Mowbray is looking for will whet the appetite of the Rovers fans and live long in legend.