Kevin Gallacher column: Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer must try to find support for two strikers

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IF Gary Bowyer dips back into the market he has to go and get another striker.

Jordan Rhodes is a player who likes to play on the shoulder so needs someone else to link up off.

He’s done reasonably well off Rudy Gestede. Rudy is not the ultimate holding-it-up type player, he likes to run the channels and work hard – and that’s fine. David Goodwillie, who is back on the scene, is very similar to that.

But it seems to be that we always end up with just the one out-and-out striker as we want to play an extra midfieler.

If that’s the case, as we know Jordan is not going to hold it up, then you need a top quality player behind Jordan in the number 10 role.

If you had a 22-year-old David Dunn, that would be ideal. But that’s not the case and now that Ruben Rochina has gone, it’s an area that the system needs.

If you don’t get that player then you need midfielders who have got engines to get beyond Jordan.

And we do have them – it was there for all to see against Manchester City at Ewood Park. Chris Taylor and Jason Lowe, with Lee Williamson behind them, were encouraged to get beyond the forwards and it was amazing just how much it dismantled Manchester City’s defenders.

Gary sometimes hedges his bets not to concede goals, so he doesn’t want them running past the striker and it ends up as straight-line football.

But, if he can get people running off the ball and beyond the centre-forward, inter-changing positions and moving defenders out of the way, it will give us more options.

That’s what Jordan needs, he needs help. He can’t be expected to run channels to try and score goals himself. 

We’ve got creative players but we have to be more advanced with the creativity.

We can’t be creative inside our own half and we can’t rely on Jordan running 30 or 40 yards, beating a couple of players and then scoring a goal as he’s not that type of striker.

Where David Goodwillie fits into this I don’t know.

I saw him play at my old club Dundee United, scoring goals and playing as a second striker – the way he has since he has been brought up.

United sold him to Blackburn and all of a sudden we were asking him to play as a lone striker or as a winger.

He never really got a chance as a centre-forward, with another player, to show what he’s capable of.

The only thing about David, if I’m going to criticise him, is his body language can be misconstrued.

He’s got round shoulders and he can look like he’s given up the ghost but I know he can work hard given the chance.

If he doesn’t get that chance then, as I would say to any young player, you’re best getting out there and getting games and so it could be that another loan move is the right way to go.

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2:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mooksters says...

I don't think this is an old article as I haven't seen it before and it is dated today - but Jordan Rhodes has come out yet again to say he is happy at Rovers and isn’t leaving – basically wants to get Rovers into the Premiership. So he doesn’t want to go, fans don’t and Bowyer doesn’t want him to go? So we just need Venkys to back the club until the end of January on this – let’s see what happenes – link here - http://hereisthecity
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I don't think this is an old article as I haven't seen it before and it is dated today - but Jordan Rhodes has come out yet again to say he is happy at Rovers and isn’t leaving – basically wants to get Rovers into the Premiership. So he doesn’t want to go, fans don’t and Bowyer doesn’t want him to go? So we just need Venkys to back the club until the end of January on this – let’s see what happenes – link here - http://hereisthecity .com/en-gb/2014/01/2 2/blackburns-8m-rate d-forward-speaks-out -over-his-future/ Mooksters
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2:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Well said Kevin but I think everyone can see the one striker system isn't working. As you say too we've had too many square pegs in round holes. It needs sorting.
Well said Kevin but I think everyone can see the one striker system isn't working. As you say too we've had too many square pegs in round holes. It needs sorting. Harwoodstblue
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3:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MxMave says...

Bang on the money as per normal Kevin.
You hit the nail on the head strategically however Bowyer clearly doesn't agree. Its a travesty to play both Lowe & Williamson at home. One of the midfield 5 needs to be playing just off the strikers. With Dunny our only option in that role and Rochina forced out, clearly Bowyer would rather increase his chance of drawing 0-0 than winning 4-3.

I think Bowyer has done well to stabilise the club but it's plain for all to see that our current squad isn't good enough for promotion and Bowyer seemingly doesn't have the tactical nous to take us further. As a side note I think Venkys have finally got their act together. Their bankrolling a black-hole of debt and keeping their mouths shut! What more could you ask for...
Bang on the money as per normal Kevin. You hit the nail on the head strategically however Bowyer clearly doesn't agree. Its a travesty to play both Lowe & Williamson at home. One of the midfield 5 needs to be playing just off the strikers. With Dunny our only option in that role and Rochina forced out, clearly Bowyer would rather increase his chance of drawing 0-0 than winning 4-3. I think Bowyer has done well to stabilise the club but it's plain for all to see that our current squad isn't good enough for promotion and Bowyer seemingly doesn't have the tactical nous to take us further. As a side note I think Venkys have finally got their act together. Their bankrolling a black-hole of debt and keeping their mouths shut! What more could you ask for... MxMave
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3:49pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

MxMave wrote:
Bang on the money as per normal Kevin.
You hit the nail on the head strategically however Bowyer clearly doesn't agree. Its a travesty to play both Lowe & Williamson at home. One of the midfield 5 needs to be playing just off the strikers. With Dunny our only option in that role and Rochina forced out, clearly Bowyer would rather increase his chance of drawing 0-0 than winning 4-3.

I think Bowyer has done well to stabilise the club but it's plain for all to see that our current squad isn't good enough for promotion and Bowyer seemingly doesn't have the tactical nous to take us further. As a side note I think Venkys have finally got their act together. Their bankrolling a black-hole of debt and keeping their mouths shut! What more could you ask for...
Why the caution?...a few more points on board and we're safe for this season. Let's see what we can do with a more attacking approach.
I can't understand these cautious tactics at home unless Bowyer thinks we haven't the players to be more adventurous. ????
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: Bang on the money as per normal Kevin. You hit the nail on the head strategically however Bowyer clearly doesn't agree. Its a travesty to play both Lowe & Williamson at home. One of the midfield 5 needs to be playing just off the strikers. With Dunny our only option in that role and Rochina forced out, clearly Bowyer would rather increase his chance of drawing 0-0 than winning 4-3. I think Bowyer has done well to stabilise the club but it's plain for all to see that our current squad isn't good enough for promotion and Bowyer seemingly doesn't have the tactical nous to take us further. As a side note I think Venkys have finally got their act together. Their bankrolling a black-hole of debt and keeping their mouths shut! What more could you ask for...[/p][/quote]Why the caution?...a few more points on board and we're safe for this season. Let's see what we can do with a more attacking approach. I can't understand these cautious tactics at home unless Bowyer thinks we haven't the players to be more adventurous. ???? Harwoodstblue
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3:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MattNewcastle says...

Really

With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages.

I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield.

It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify.

Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe.

as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.
Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out. MattNewcastle
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5:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

owd nick says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
Really

With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages.

I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield.

It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify.

Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe.

as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.
I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old.

Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg.

Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes.

So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role,

Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place.

Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive

We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.[/p][/quote]I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before. owd nick
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7:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MattNewcastle says...

owd nick wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.
I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.
Hi own nice

Agree with every point in your post.

In relation to the front two interesting how many managers have always looked to Kevin Phillips
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.[/p][/quote]I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.[/p][/quote]Hi own nice Agree with every point in your post. In relation to the front two interesting how many managers have always looked to Kevin Phillips MattNewcastle
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7:12pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MattNewcastle says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
owd nick wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.
I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.
Hi own nice Agree with every point in your post. In relation to the front two interesting how many managers have always looked to Kevin Phillips
Sorry

will have to stop using Samsung smart phone
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.[/p][/quote]I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.[/p][/quote]Hi own nice Agree with every point in your post. In relation to the front two interesting how many managers have always looked to Kevin Phillips[/p][/quote]Sorry will have to stop using Samsung smart phone MattNewcastle
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9:50pm Wed 22 Jan 14

owd nick says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote:
owd nick wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.
I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.
Hi own nice Agree with every point in your post. In relation to the front two interesting how many managers have always looked to Kevin Phillips
Sorry

will have to stop using Samsung smart phone
lol
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.[/p][/quote]I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.[/p][/quote]Hi own nice Agree with every point in your post. In relation to the front two interesting how many managers have always looked to Kevin Phillips[/p][/quote]Sorry will have to stop using Samsung smart phone[/p][/quote]lol owd nick
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8:15am Thu 23 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

The one word you use Kevin is quality you say we need another top quality striker an easy thing to say but where do you get one from outside the Premiership? I think we want top quality in all positions and at the moment we lack that ingredient in the defensive midfield and right back areas so that is the problem no amount of tactical changes can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.I cannot believe Man U at the moment but they have our problem and yet they can pay 40 million for Mata who can we get for 400k in the same role?
The one word you use Kevin is quality you say we need another top quality striker an easy thing to say but where do you get one from outside the Premiership? I think we want top quality in all positions and at the moment we lack that ingredient in the defensive midfield and right back areas so that is the problem no amount of tactical changes can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.I cannot believe Man U at the moment but they have our problem and yet they can pay 40 million for Mata who can we get for 400k in the same role? bburnrover
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12:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

owd nick wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.
I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.
Very good post and hits the nail right on the head. The only guy who doesn't seem to agree with this GB.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Really With all due respect many posters have been saying this for ages. I would disagree with your assessment of our midfield. It is not good enough as the lack of contribution to goals would testify. Forests midfield has contributed 15 goals to date I believe. as for playing two up front though loathed to say it Burnley play home and away with Ings and Vokes who alternate the role to drop back into midfield to help out.[/p][/quote]I think by "Two up front" most people today accept that when playing two strikers one plays slightly behind the other unlike the 442 of old. Rovers problem has been that they haven't had two strikers to play in this formation, Campbell isn't good enough, Best thinks he is far too good for this league and the rest are make weight signings from previous regimes that are costing us an arm and a leg. Dunny can do the support job but he isn't fit enough and is coming to the end, Rochina could possibly have done it but he lacks discipline and makes way too many mistakes. So it has to be Rhodes and Gestede with a new signing as cover for that role, Cairney is a must as is Evans once fit, Marshall is on top form at present, so then it's any one from four or five for the final place. Personally I think Rovers biggest problem is defence, apart from Dann it's pretty inexperienced, especially right full back, that is probably why GB is so defensive We have to pull in an experienced right back or once Evans is back I would mover Lowe there, he's done a decent job there before.[/p][/quote]Very good post and hits the nail right on the head. The only guy who doesn't seem to agree with this GB. A Rover 45 years and over
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1:05pm Thu 23 Jan 14

MatthewCA says...

GB is working out the plan to feed Jordan, Chriss Taylor is good in this case but he is lack in accuracy. Lee willimson is good in accuracy of pass but he is lack in speed.

Where is Fabio Nunes...?, I feel Goodwillie should get chance to start with Jordan Rhodes and Rudy.

David Dunn is the best attacking player in the midfield, now he is aged, we cannot expect full 90 mts with same performance. But GB should workout a plan to bring two players who is real quality to fit inside the team and run quickly.

I too agree Jason lowe should do right back and give way to corry evans or enthu.
GB is working out the plan to feed Jordan, Chriss Taylor is good in this case but he is lack in accuracy. Lee willimson is good in accuracy of pass but he is lack in speed. Where is Fabio Nunes...?, I feel Goodwillie should get chance to start with Jordan Rhodes and Rudy. David Dunn is the best attacking player in the midfield, now he is aged, we cannot expect full 90 mts with same performance. But GB should workout a plan to bring two players who is real quality to fit inside the team and run quickly. I too agree Jason lowe should do right back and give way to corry evans or enthu. MatthewCA
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