Rovers ready for the return of the King

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JOSH King returns to the Blackburn Rovers squad for Saturday’s visit of table-topping Leicester City to Ewood Park with a challenge ringing in his ears from boss Gary Bowyer.

Bowyer believes the fit-again winger, who has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury, can play a big role before the season is out.

But the Rovers boss, whose side have not given up on making the play-offs, wants King to add to his tally of one goal and three assists.

Bowyer said: “We’ve missed Josh and the threat that he brings.

“I think this season we’ve seen an improvement in his game.

“That said there is room for more improvement from him. He’s aware of that and he wants to get better.

“So what we’re looking for him to do is finish the season on a real high and add some more goals to his tally and create more goals too.

“Just seeing him back out on the pitch and with a smile on his face is a boost to everyone.”

The pacy King proved he is back to full fitness after coming through 45 minutes of last Friday’s Under 21s Premier League clash at Liverpool before playing for an hour in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Preston North End on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old’s return is a boost to Bowyer after striker Rudy Gestede and midfielder Jason Lowe added to his injury concerns. Gestede was knocked unconscious while Lowe went over on his ankle in the weekend win at Huddersfield and both remain under medical assessment.

Bowyer said: “Rudy has been given the all clear and now it’s a case of just seeing how he goes for the rest of the week. Lowey rolled his ankle but he is making good progress. Hopefully he can put himself into contention for Saturday, which would be a bonus as at the time we feared it was another blow.”

Captain Grant Hanley, having missed out against Huddersfield with a hamstring injury, may return this weekend but the match will come too soon for midfielder Tom Cairney.

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9:21am Thu 20 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Josh King: Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
Josh King: Premier League pace, Ryman League skills. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -14

9:25am Thu 20 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Great news

Best wishes to Josh King.

At his best most opposition teams managers were having to double up on him proving what a threat they thought he was

Gave room for others in midfield therefore to play.
Great news Best wishes to Josh King. At his best most opposition teams managers were having to double up on him proving what a threat they thought he was Gave room for others in midfield therefore to play. MattNewcastle
  • Score: 19

9:35am Thu 20 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Was growing in stature

Began tracking back more in order to help his Left Back out

Hope he and Spurred can get a good partnership going down Rovers left flank

Now just Right Back weakness to sort out
If Lowe was playing this weekend against Leicester I could have seen a possible win whowever wth all managers teams attacking our RightRight Back weakness if Henley or Kane are playing not so sure.
It has to be addressed as a matter of urgency in my opinion.
Was growing in stature Began tracking back more in order to help his Left Back out Hope he and Spurred can get a good partnership going down Rovers left flank Now just Right Back weakness to sort out If Lowe was playing this weekend against Leicester I could have seen a possible win whowever wth all managers teams attacking our RightRight Back weakness if Henley or Kane are playing not so sure. It has to be addressed as a matter of urgency in my opinion. MattNewcastle
  • Score: 10

9:47am Thu 20 Mar 14

bring back the good old days says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
Great news

Best wishes to Josh King.

At his best most opposition teams managers were having to double up on him proving what a threat they thought he was

Gave room for others in midfield therefore to play.
Quite right, and that is what many seem to miss. Given our 'previous' midfield available i.e. the non offensive version. The 'disruption' to the oppositions defence that a player like King can incur is what our current midfield can exploit
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Great news Best wishes to Josh King. At his best most opposition teams managers were having to double up on him proving what a threat they thought he was Gave room for others in midfield therefore to play.[/p][/quote]Quite right, and that is what many seem to miss. Given our 'previous' midfield available i.e. the non offensive version. The 'disruption' to the oppositions defence that a player like King can incur is what our current midfield can exploit bring back the good old days
  • Score: 8

10:06am Thu 20 Mar 14

Ewoodlegend says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Josh King: Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
oh look who it is the unemployed dingle who comments first. Is the news that boring on the dingle page
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Josh King: Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.[/p][/quote]oh look who it is the unemployed dingle who comments first. Is the news that boring on the dingle page Ewoodlegend
  • Score: 17

10:57am Thu 20 Mar 14

owd nick says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
Was growing in stature

Began tracking back more in order to help his Left Back out

Hope he and Spurred can get a good partnership going down Rovers left flank

Now just Right Back weakness to sort out
If Lowe was playing this weekend against Leicester I could have seen a possible win whowever wth all managers teams attacking our RightRight Back weakness if Henley or Kane are playing not so sure.
It has to be addressed as a matter of urgency in my opinion.
Agree, Burnley in particular targeted Henley with long forward and crossfield passes to Vokes who was basically sitting on him, to his credit though I thought Henley did quite well because he wasn't getting any support, but with King in the side the pressure on our right back, whoever it is, will be diminished.
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Was growing in stature Began tracking back more in order to help his Left Back out Hope he and Spurred can get a good partnership going down Rovers left flank Now just Right Back weakness to sort out If Lowe was playing this weekend against Leicester I could have seen a possible win whowever wth all managers teams attacking our RightRight Back weakness if Henley or Kane are playing not so sure. It has to be addressed as a matter of urgency in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Agree, Burnley in particular targeted Henley with long forward and crossfield passes to Vokes who was basically sitting on him, to his credit though I thought Henley did quite well because he wasn't getting any support, but with King in the side the pressure on our right back, whoever it is, will be diminished. owd nick
  • Score: 3

12:01pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Tatts says...

Looks like a world beater at times but needs to work on retaining possession and delivering an end product. To be fair though, he is still young.
Looks like a world beater at times but needs to work on retaining possession and delivering an end product. To be fair though, he is still young. Tatts
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Ewoodlegend wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
Josh King: Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
oh look who it is the unemployed dingle who comments first. Is the news that boring on the dingle page
It does get a bit monotonous at times.....

win win draw win win win draw win, etc.
[quote][p][bold]Ewoodlegend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Josh King: Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.[/p][/quote]oh look who it is the unemployed dingle who comments first. Is the news that boring on the dingle page[/p][/quote]It does get a bit monotonous at times..... win win draw win win win draw win, etc. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -2

1:57pm Thu 20 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Needs to brush up on that final pass. He had a short spell where he was finding it and was unplayable but then seemed to loose it again. He will be a welcome addition to the squad again.
Needs to brush up on that final pass. He had a short spell where he was finding it and was unplayable but then seemed to loose it again. He will be a welcome addition to the squad again. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

2:05pm Thu 20 Mar 14

leyton says...

what danger does this fool bring to leics none the jibbs will get a drubbing lol
what danger does this fool bring to leics none the jibbs will get a drubbing lol leyton
  • Score: -3

2:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

owd nick says...

leyton wrote:
what danger does this fool bring to leics none the jibbs will get a drubbing lol
Could we have an interpretation in plain English please?
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: what danger does this fool bring to leics none the jibbs will get a drubbing lol[/p][/quote]Could we have an interpretation in plain English please? owd nick
  • Score: 6

2:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

adcr says...

I'm glad we have King as he has abilities that most players don't possess. I hope next season he will be as influential as Drinkwater at Leicester is. I will start to run out of patience if he doesn’t start to kick on either this season or next though.
I'm glad we have King as he has abilities that most players don't possess. I hope next season he will be as influential as Drinkwater at Leicester is. I will start to run out of patience if he doesn’t start to kick on either this season or next though. adcr
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

owd nick wrote:
leyton wrote:
what danger does this fool bring to leics none the jibbs will get a drubbing lol
Could we have an interpretation in plain English please?
Perhaps his real name is James Joyce of Ulysses fame, that or he didn't learn punctuation at school !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: what danger does this fool bring to leics none the jibbs will get a drubbing lol[/p][/quote]Could we have an interpretation in plain English please?[/p][/quote]Perhaps his real name is James Joyce of Ulysses fame, that or he didn't learn punctuation at school !!!!!! Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 5

3:18pm Thu 20 Mar 14

bburnrover says...

1-1 against Leicester
1-1 against Leicester bburnrover
  • Score: -2

3:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

bburnrover wrote:
1-1 against Leicester
3 -1 To the Blues from a Claret who hopes The Blues make and win the Playoffs Good luck to GB and hia team
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: 1-1 against Leicester[/p][/quote]3 -1 To the Blues from a Claret who hopes The Blues make and win the Playoffs Good luck to GB and hia team Burnley59/60
  • Score: 6

3:46pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

bburnrover wrote:
1-1 against Leicester
3 -1 To the Blues from a Claret who hopes The Blues make and win the Playoffs Good luck to GB and hia team
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: 1-1 against Leicester[/p][/quote]3 -1 To the Blues from a Claret who hopes The Blues make and win the Playoffs Good luck to GB and hia team Burnley59/60
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

owd nick wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote: Was growing in stature Began tracking back more in order to help his Left Back out Hope he and Spurred can get a good partnership going down Rovers left flank Now just Right Back weakness to sort out If Lowe was playing this weekend against Leicester I could have seen a possible win whowever wth all managers teams attacking our RightRight Back weakness if Henley or Kane are playing not so sure. It has to be addressed as a matter of urgency in my opinion.
Agree, Burnley in particular targeted Henley with long forward and crossfield passes to Vokes who was basically sitting on him, to his credit though I thought Henley did quite well because he wasn't getting any support, but with King in the side the pressure on our right back, whoever it is, will be diminished.
He and Kane have been sadly exposed to all sorts of tactics from every single side we have played against

Henley gets caught out on the wrong side constantly

Barnsley away against there German striker who I rate classic example
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Was growing in stature Began tracking back more in order to help his Left Back out Hope he and Spurred can get a good partnership going down Rovers left flank Now just Right Back weakness to sort out If Lowe was playing this weekend against Leicester I could have seen a possible win whowever wth all managers teams attacking our RightRight Back weakness if Henley or Kane are playing not so sure. It has to be addressed as a matter of urgency in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Agree, Burnley in particular targeted Henley with long forward and crossfield passes to Vokes who was basically sitting on him, to his credit though I thought Henley did quite well because he wasn't getting any support, but with King in the side the pressure on our right back, whoever it is, will be diminished.[/p][/quote]He and Kane have been sadly exposed to all sorts of tactics from every single side we have played against Henley gets caught out on the wrong side constantly Barnsley away against there German striker who I rate classic example MattNewcastle
  • Score: 0

6:55am Fri 21 Mar 14

Captain Dreckley says...

Although king is far from the finished product, opposition managers will ignore him at their peril. We have missed his pace drawing defenders which has resulted in more focus on the strikers and less space for them resulting in a lower goals tally. Rhodes has found his shooting boots again, Rudy has given us a totally different option in attack and Dunny has done a job as always and the thought of Cairney and Evans in midfield is mouthwatering. Throw in Conway and Marshall and that really is a recipe for goals. Unfortunately the defence is a recipe for conceding. We are struggling at right back and in the middle. Every time Hanley has been injured or suspended we have really been shambolic and have suffered for not getting a replacement for Dann before letting him go. The new lad from United has bags of potential but he is here to learn and develop but on the plus side, Spurr has been worth the money. The playoffs are probably out of reach now so, pressure off - we arn't going down, lets enjoy the rest of the season, keep the bulk of the squad together, strengthen in defence and have a real do next time. We need to be realistic and no-body is more disappointed than me that we are probably not going up but for a reality check, just look at where we were last year.
Although king is far from the finished product, opposition managers will ignore him at their peril. We have missed his pace drawing defenders which has resulted in more focus on the strikers and less space for them resulting in a lower goals tally. Rhodes has found his shooting boots again, Rudy has given us a totally different option in attack and Dunny has done a job as always and the thought of Cairney and Evans in midfield is mouthwatering. Throw in Conway and Marshall and that really is a recipe for goals. Unfortunately the defence is a recipe for conceding. We are struggling at right back and in the middle. Every time Hanley has been injured or suspended we have really been shambolic and have suffered for not getting a replacement for Dann before letting him go. The new lad from United has bags of potential but he is here to learn and develop but on the plus side, Spurr has been worth the money. The playoffs are probably out of reach now so, pressure off - we arn't going down, lets enjoy the rest of the season, keep the bulk of the squad together, strengthen in defence and have a real do next time. We need to be realistic and no-body is more disappointed than me that we are probably not going up but for a reality check, just look at where we were last year. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 4

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