Wanted Goodwillie could still feature for Blackburn Rovers

David Goodwillie

David Goodwillie

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

DAVID Goodwillie could make a shock return to the Blackburn Rovers squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup clash at Manchester City.

The striker is expected back at Brockhall this morning after Dundee United decided against extending his six-month loan.

Goodwillie, who scored six goals in 22 games at Tannadice Park, is understood to be considering an offer to join Aberdeen.

St Johnstone and Oldham are also interested in signing the Scotland international on loan.

But Rovers boss Gary Bowyer yesterday stated there had been no ‘concrete offers’ for Goodwillie before hinting he may be involved in the third-round replay at City.

Bowyer said: “His loan has finished at Dundee United so we’re expecting him back in unless somebody else comes in for him.

“Full credit to him, he didn’t want to be sitting around on the bench, he wanted to be out playing some games. That was his decision and we supported him.

“Unless he goes out again he is a Blackburn Rovers player and he could find himself back in the squad for Manchester City.”

Goodwillie’s last appearance for Rovers was the 1-1 draw at Birmingham City on the final day of last season. The 24-year-old has made just 10 starts for the club and an additional 24 appearances off the bench, scoring five goals, after making a £2m move from Dundee United in August 2011.

His loan return to United – where he started his career and won the Scottish Cup in 2010 – was branded a ‘bit of a disappointment’ by the club’s chairman Stephen Thompson.

Goodwillie’s representative, Ricky Gillies of the Pro-Legal Group, confirmed that the striker is determined to revive his Rovers career.

Gillies said: “He is keen to get his career kick-started and the only place he is looking to play is Blackburn. He gets on well with the manager, who rates him.

“People say his loan spell at Dundee United didn’t work out but United have been flying and it was hard for him to get a run of games.

“But over his career his scoring ratio has been spectacular and he just needs time on the park if he is to get back to that kind of form.”

Gillies, however, confirmed that another loan is a possibility.

Dundee United were believed to be paying around half of Goodwillie’s estimated £8,000 per week wages.

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12:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

Get him sold....
Get him sold.... ChrisDeBerg
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1:20pm Tue 14 Jan 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Difficult to see how he can feature. best line up is:
Gestede
Rhodes
Marshall Cairney Evans King
Spurr Hanley Dann Henley

With Taylor, Dunn, Campbell, Kilgallon, Lowe & Eastwood on the bench all options are covered and there's still good quality in the remaining squad (Todd Kane, Leon Best, Marcs Olson, Lee Williamson, Dickson Etuhu, Ruben Rochina - all can be called on)
Difficult to see how he can feature. best line up is: Gestede Rhodes Marshall Cairney Evans King Spurr Hanley Dann Henley With Taylor, Dunn, Campbell, Kilgallon, Lowe & Eastwood on the bench all options are covered and there's still good quality in the remaining squad (Todd Kane, Leon Best, Marcs Olson, Lee Williamson, Dickson Etuhu, Ruben Rochina - all can be called on) TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Tue 14 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

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http://hereisthecity .com/en-gb/2014/01/1 4/qprs-8m-blackburn- rovers-target-has-od ds-cut-on-qpr-move/ makaveli96
  • Score: -4

2:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

Two million pounds down the drain who the hell scouted this player
Two million pounds down the drain who the hell scouted this player juanbbien
  • Score: -2

2:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dangerous dave says...

What a bloody joke not good enough in the past so not good enough now. Get shut. he might just fit in the oldham line up but not good enough for championship. Terrible buy!!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
What a bloody joke not good enough in the past so not good enough now. Get shut. he might just fit in the oldham line up but not good enough for championship. Terrible buy!!! Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
  • Score: -5

2:50pm Tue 14 Jan 14

McClaret says...

makaveli96 wrote:
http://hereisthecity

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Was just posting about how quiet this had all gone.
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: http://hereisthecity .com/en-gb/2014/01/1 4/qprs-8m-blackburn- rovers-target-has-od ds-cut-on-qpr-move/[/p][/quote]Was just posting about how quiet this had all gone. McClaret
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3:19pm Tue 14 Jan 14

MxMave says...

I'll be glad to see Goodwillie back in the squad. He's a balanced striker who could work well with Rhodes up front. Gestede and DJ have their own qualities but neither are a good mix of strength and pace. Really the pairings should be DJ + Gestede (one big one fast) and Rhodes & Goodwillie (both balanced).

You can't write off the lad based on his performances, with 5 goals he actually outscored CKR with hugely limited appearances.
I'll be glad to see Goodwillie back in the squad. He's a balanced striker who could work well with Rhodes up front. Gestede and DJ have their own qualities but neither are a good mix of strength and pace. Really the pairings should be DJ + Gestede (one big one fast) and Rhodes & Goodwillie (both balanced). You can't write off the lad based on his performances, with 5 goals he actually outscored CKR with hugely limited appearances. MxMave
  • Score: 4

4:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

leitchy says...

Has Leon Best past away?
He is a forgotten man with a lot of talent....I know people don't like his attitude but if he's good he should be on the park!

Ballotelli fell out with Manchini all the time but he reconised his talent,.....maybe GB should do the same with Best!
Has Leon Best past away? He is a forgotten man with a lot of talent....I know people don't like his attitude but if he's good he should be on the park! Ballotelli fell out with Manchini all the time but he reconised his talent,.....maybe GB should do the same with Best! leitchy
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

realisticrover says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Difficult to see how he can feature. best line up is:
Gestede
Rhodes
Marshall Cairney Evans King
Spurr Hanley Dann Henley

With Taylor, Dunn, Campbell, Kilgallon, Lowe & Eastwood on the bench all options are covered and there's still good quality in the remaining squad (Todd Kane, Leon Best, Marcs Olson, Lee Williamson, Dickson Etuhu, Ruben Rochina - all can be called on)
I think Bowyer will always have either Williamson or Lowe in his team, hard workers that keep possession of the ball and like to 'put their foot in'.
Dunn and Taylor, two brilliant subs who can liven up the game, bit like we're using King at the moment...
Presumably Robbo in the nets?
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Difficult to see how he can feature. best line up is: Gestede Rhodes Marshall Cairney Evans King Spurr Hanley Dann Henley With Taylor, Dunn, Campbell, Kilgallon, Lowe & Eastwood on the bench all options are covered and there's still good quality in the remaining squad (Todd Kane, Leon Best, Marcs Olson, Lee Williamson, Dickson Etuhu, Ruben Rochina - all can be called on)[/p][/quote]I think Bowyer will always have either Williamson or Lowe in his team, hard workers that keep possession of the ball and like to 'put their foot in'. Dunn and Taylor, two brilliant subs who can liven up the game, bit like we're using King at the moment... Presumably Robbo in the nets? realisticrover
  • Score: 5

9:25pm Tue 14 Jan 14

digitusjonfred says...

We can only give the boy a chance thru injuries
We can only give the boy a chance thru injuries digitusjonfred
  • Score: 1

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