Blackburn Rovers spell 'most frustrating' time of my career, says departing Leon Best

Leon Best

Leon Best

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

LEON Best labelled his two-year spell at Blackburn Rovers as the ‘most frustrating’ time of his career after joining Championship rivals Derby on a season-long loan.

Rovers transfer listed the £3m striker in May after he made just 16 appearances for the club following his big money move from Newcastle in July 2012.

Best landed himself in trouble with comments he made on a social networking site.

But the 27-year-old puts the root of his problems at Ewood Park down to the serious knee injury he sustained shortly after his arrival.

Best said: “It has been the most frustrating time I have had in my career.

“It was the worst possible start for me at Blackburn.

“The first pre-season game, I had just scored a lovely goal and then got injured – the worst injury I have had in my career.

“It was so hard, your whole world comes crashing down.

“For my career at Blackburn, it wasn’t a good thing. But for me as a man and a footballer it opened my eyes.”

Best regained full fitness and he opened his account for the club on the opening day of last season when he struck a late equaliser against his new club Derby.

The Republic of Ireland was then dropped following comments he made on Instagram.

He subsequently apologised and he capped his return to the squad with his second goal for Rovers in a win at Bournemouth.

But he lost in place in Gary Bowyer’s starting line-up and he was the subject of a fresh club investigation following further comments he made on Instagram before he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan in February.

Best scored five goals in 16 games for the Owls and he believes it paved the way for his move to last season’s losing play-off finalists Derby.

He said: “My aim was to go there last season, get a bit of fitness, try to score some goals and set myself up for a better move and it has worked in my favour.

“I have come to a club with massive ambition. Derby know where they want to be.”

Best will be ineligible to play for the Rams in their Championship encounters with Rovers on September 17 and January 24.

He has been given permission to feature for Steve McClaren’s side in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup.

But would not be allowed to play against Rovers in either competition.

Best has two years left on his Rovers contract, which is believed to be worth £32,000 a week.

Sources in Derby suggest it is highly unlikely the Rams are paying 50 per cent of his wages.

But Derby are paying a higher percentage than Sheffield Wednesday, who were understood to be contributing £6,000 a week.

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9:10am Tue 5 Aug 14

GAZHAY says...

Overpaid, thinks he is better than what he is and we are better without him.
Also try and keep your comments to yourself in the future else you will continue your downfall.
Now we have removed 95% of the deadwood the squad looks in good shape and should now be ready to go on Friday.
Lets get off to a flyer and who knows how far we can go.....bring it on!!!!
Overpaid, thinks he is better than what he is and we are better without him. Also try and keep your comments to yourself in the future else you will continue your downfall. Now we have removed 95% of the deadwood the squad looks in good shape and should now be ready to go on Friday. Lets get off to a flyer and who knows how far we can go.....bring it on!!!! GAZHAY
  • Score: 46

9:17am Tue 5 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

You frustrated? How do you think we feel? Any player who gobs off and criticises Management on Social Networking sites is a prat and we are well rid. Overpaid with an over inflated opinion of himself
You frustrated? How do you think we feel? Any player who gobs off and criticises Management on Social Networking sites is a prat and we are well rid. Overpaid with an over inflated opinion of himself dinglecrusher
  • Score: 41

9:36am Tue 5 Aug 14

Tatts says...

Quite possibly the worst signing we've ever made.
Quite possibly the worst signing we've ever made. Tatts
  • Score: 27

9:37am Tue 5 Aug 14

Adski1981 says...

I know its not permanent, but just having best away from the squad is a good move... he appears to be a fun sucking sponge if he is not pampered too... He can strike a ball, but has been injured to easily, and his off the field comments show little respect and highlight his true nature... The attacking section of the squad GB has assembled is to be applauded , hoping Rhodes ad Rudy will continue where they left off, can see them being the championships best strike pairing this season... Hurry up Friday!!! Come on Rovers!!!!
I know its not permanent, but just having best away from the squad is a good move... he appears to be a fun sucking sponge if he is not pampered too... He can strike a ball, but has been injured to easily, and his off the field comments show little respect and highlight his true nature... The attacking section of the squad GB has assembled is to be applauded , hoping Rhodes ad Rudy will continue where they left off, can see them being the championships best strike pairing this season... Hurry up Friday!!! Come on Rovers!!!! Adski1981
  • Score: 20

10:13am Tue 5 Aug 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

Agent Leon, outstanding work - take a bow!
Agent Leon, outstanding work - take a bow! Scamp Kingsley
  • Score: -37

10:16am Tue 5 Aug 14

jack01 says...

'Sources in Derby say it is highly unlikely the Rams are paying 50% of his wages'

So basically the Lancashire Telegraph don't know, nor do their friends at the sister paper in Derby. Why don't you just be honest and say you have no idea what percentage Derby are paying.

I have come across a number of credible sources online which suggest Derby are paying about half of Best's wages, so who should I believe?
'Sources in Derby say it is highly unlikely the Rams are paying 50% of his wages' So basically the Lancashire Telegraph don't know, nor do their friends at the sister paper in Derby. Why don't you just be honest and say you have no idea what percentage Derby are paying. I have come across a number of credible sources online which suggest Derby are paying about half of Best's wages, so who should I believe? jack01
  • Score: -2

10:20am Tue 5 Aug 14

petestan says...

Thank goodness he is gone, hopefully he won't be back early like D J was, it's just a pity Derby aren't paying more of his wages.
Thank goodness he is gone, hopefully he won't be back early like D J was, it's just a pity Derby aren't paying more of his wages. petestan
  • Score: 17

10:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

jack01 says...

Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season.

Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.
Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season. Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting. jack01
  • Score: 31

10:49am Tue 5 Aug 14

juanbbien says...

I mean thirty two thousand a week you'd be lucky to earn that in Blackburn in two and half years it's bloody unbelievable what some of this lot are conning the clubs out of,,I'd be ashamed of myself
I mean thirty two thousand a week you'd be lucky to earn that in Blackburn in two and half years it's bloody unbelievable what some of this lot are conning the clubs out of,,I'd be ashamed of myself juanbbien
  • Score: 20

10:52am Tue 5 Aug 14

TurfMoorTom says...

If ever there was testament to Bowyers strategy of concentrating on a players attitude, this man is it. Could have added so much, but as he didn't have the attitude he'll always be a weak link in any side.
If ever there was testament to Bowyers strategy of concentrating on a players attitude, this man is it. Could have added so much, but as he didn't have the attitude he'll always be a weak link in any side. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 11

11:13am Tue 5 Aug 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

jack01 wrote:
Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season.

Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.
Spot on jack. Best is the last of the Kean horror signings. We've just about come through the other side of the the 3 year hell. Our club is starting to look like Rovers again and I can't wait to see the young guns on Friday night.

The dingles will be busy creating a few more myths no doubt regards FFP.

Rhodes was going, League 1 beckoned, Singh would be manager, we'd have no ground, no kit, crowds would be down to a couple of thousand blah blah blah. Mind you, what can you expect from a set of Orangutans that are in denial of the last 40 years... YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP!
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season. Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.[/p][/quote]Spot on jack. Best is the last of the Kean horror signings. We've just about come through the other side of the the 3 year hell. Our club is starting to look like Rovers again and I can't wait to see the young guns on Friday night. The dingles will be busy creating a few more myths no doubt regards FFP. Rhodes was going, League 1 beckoned, Singh would be manager, we'd have no ground, no kit, crowds would be down to a couple of thousand blah blah blah. Mind you, what can you expect from a set of Orangutans that are in denial of the last 40 years... YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP! more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 38

11:19am Tue 5 Aug 14

Bazzer says...

When he goes I hope he takes the chip on his shoulder with him. He brought it with him from Newcastle. It is business like this, undertaken the Kean years, that gives an insight into the reaction of "supporters" like Dangerous Dave. Big Sam would never have allowed this appalling scenario. And I think I know the source of the Hasslem Hasslem dislike of our former leader.Was there a snub of some sort in the Merchant's?
When he goes I hope he takes the chip on his shoulder with him. He brought it with him from Newcastle. It is business like this, undertaken the Kean years, that gives an insight into the reaction of "supporters" like Dangerous Dave. Big Sam would never have allowed this appalling scenario. And I think I know the source of the Hasslem Hasslem dislike of our former leader.Was there a snub of some sort in the Merchant's? Bazzer
  • Score: 6

11:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Quality player, it's a pity GB didn't use him at the beginning of the season when we needed him as this led to Best's frustration and in excusable antics. GB was set on using Rhodes on his own to poor effect during the first half of the season when it was obvious we needed someone like Best up front with Rhodes. Wouldn't surprise me if he does very well at Derby this season.
Quality player, it's a pity GB didn't use him at the beginning of the season when we needed him as this led to Best's frustration and in excusable antics. GB was set on using Rhodes on his own to poor effect during the first half of the season when it was obvious we needed someone like Best up front with Rhodes. Wouldn't surprise me if he does very well at Derby this season. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: -26

11:26am Tue 5 Aug 14

RoboftheRovers2 says...

If Best was not such a colossal **** of the pitch then the fans would of shown him more favour and leniency Leon Best is a god in his own view velieving he has ability above his means good riddance to bad rubbish!
If Best was not such a colossal **** of the pitch then the fans would of shown him more favour and leniency Leon Best is a god in his own view velieving he has ability above his means good riddance to bad rubbish! RoboftheRovers2
  • Score: 13

11:30am Tue 5 Aug 14

harwoodblue says...

I wasn't impressed when we signed him, they made out he was a premiership striker but he couldn't even get a regular spot in Newcastles Championship team, then when Newcastle got promoted he was just hanging on collecting his cheques. Poor goalscoring record, poor attitude. Glad to see the back of him, I would rather have Corrado Grabbi in my team than this goon.
Now he has gone, along with the rest of the trash we can concentrate on Friday. I was impressed with the team on Sunday against Stoke and Dunny showed he is still good for the last 20min when we need a change.
I wasn't impressed when we signed him, they made out he was a premiership striker but he couldn't even get a regular spot in Newcastles Championship team, then when Newcastle got promoted he was just hanging on collecting his cheques. Poor goalscoring record, poor attitude. Glad to see the back of him, I would rather have Corrado Grabbi in my team than this goon. Now he has gone, along with the rest of the trash we can concentrate on Friday. I was impressed with the team on Sunday against Stoke and Dunny showed he is still good for the last 20min when we need a change. harwoodblue
  • Score: 15

11:33am Tue 5 Aug 14

harwoodblue says...

Wouldnt mind seeing Varney upfront with Rhodes against Cardiff if Gestede and Brown are still out, he does all the hard work Rhodes doesnt, might make a good parnter.
Wouldnt mind seeing Varney upfront with Rhodes against Cardiff if Gestede and Brown are still out, he does all the hard work Rhodes doesnt, might make a good parnter. harwoodblue
  • Score: 11

11:44am Tue 5 Aug 14

jack went up says...

harwoodblue wrote:
I wasn't impressed when we signed him, they made out he was a premiership striker but he couldn't even get a regular spot in Newcastles Championship team, then when Newcastle got promoted he was just hanging on collecting his cheques. Poor goalscoring record, poor attitude. Glad to see the back of him, I would rather have Corrado Grabbi in my team than this goon.
Now he has gone, along with the rest of the trash we can concentrate on Friday. I was impressed with the team on Sunday against Stoke and Dunny showed he is still good for the last 20min when we need a change.
Have to agree Harwood, never particularly understood the signing. I think too many get confused with the term "premiership players " as opposed to premiership quality players. The last few seasons in the championship have been interesting from the perspective of the quality of some of the players on show has been surprising. Its very clear that opportunity and agents have a lot to do with which club some players end up at not always the talent levels of the player.

Sunday was an interesting game and a really good test. Stokes back four are a big set of lads and Rhodes did really well to get in front of them. Thought we equipped ourselves reasonably well. The defence still has a bit of work to do , but the attacking options look sharp. Was impressed with Baptiste to be fair thought he had a good game. Looking forward to Friday now and the season.
[quote][p][bold]harwoodblue[/bold] wrote: I wasn't impressed when we signed him, they made out he was a premiership striker but he couldn't even get a regular spot in Newcastles Championship team, then when Newcastle got promoted he was just hanging on collecting his cheques. Poor goalscoring record, poor attitude. Glad to see the back of him, I would rather have Corrado Grabbi in my team than this goon. Now he has gone, along with the rest of the trash we can concentrate on Friday. I was impressed with the team on Sunday against Stoke and Dunny showed he is still good for the last 20min when we need a change.[/p][/quote]Have to agree Harwood, never particularly understood the signing. I think too many get confused with the term "premiership players " as opposed to premiership quality players. The last few seasons in the championship have been interesting from the perspective of the quality of some of the players on show has been surprising. Its very clear that opportunity and agents have a lot to do with which club some players end up at not always the talent levels of the player. Sunday was an interesting game and a really good test. Stokes back four are a big set of lads and Rhodes did really well to get in front of them. Thought we equipped ourselves reasonably well. The defence still has a bit of work to do , but the attacking options look sharp. Was impressed with Baptiste to be fair thought he had a good game. Looking forward to Friday now and the season. jack went up
  • Score: 10

11:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

john byrom says...

Oh did ums doo. How do you think we feel, watching you stroll around like you could not care less
Oh did ums doo. How do you think we feel, watching you stroll around like you could not care less john byrom
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Tue 5 Aug 14

fitz808 says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Quality player, it's a pity GB didn't use him at the beginning of the season when we needed him as this led to Best's frustration and in excusable antics. GB was set on using Rhodes on his own to poor effect during the first half of the season when it was obvious we needed someone like Best up front with Rhodes. Wouldn't surprise me if he does very well at Derby this season.
he got injured in pre-season...
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Quality player, it's a pity GB didn't use him at the beginning of the season when we needed him as this led to Best's frustration and in excusable antics. GB was set on using Rhodes on his own to poor effect during the first half of the season when it was obvious we needed someone like Best up front with Rhodes. Wouldn't surprise me if he does very well at Derby this season.[/p][/quote]he got injured in pre-season... fitz808
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Tue 5 Aug 14

harwoodblue says...

jack went up wrote:
harwoodblue wrote:
I wasn't impressed when we signed him, they made out he was a premiership striker but he couldn't even get a regular spot in Newcastles Championship team, then when Newcastle got promoted he was just hanging on collecting his cheques. Poor goalscoring record, poor attitude. Glad to see the back of him, I would rather have Corrado Grabbi in my team than this goon.
Now he has gone, along with the rest of the trash we can concentrate on Friday. I was impressed with the team on Sunday against Stoke and Dunny showed he is still good for the last 20min when we need a change.
Have to agree Harwood, never particularly understood the signing. I think too many get confused with the term "premiership players " as opposed to premiership quality players. The last few seasons in the championship have been interesting from the perspective of the quality of some of the players on show has been surprising. Its very clear that opportunity and agents have a lot to do with which club some players end up at not always the talent levels of the player.

Sunday was an interesting game and a really good test. Stokes back four are a big set of lads and Rhodes did really well to get in front of them. Thought we equipped ourselves reasonably well. The defence still has a bit of work to do , but the attacking options look sharp. Was impressed with Baptiste to be fair thought he had a good game. Looking forward to Friday now and the season.
Agreed our best players have come from Championship clubs eg. Gestede, Conway, Rhodes, Cairney
[quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harwoodblue[/bold] wrote: I wasn't impressed when we signed him, they made out he was a premiership striker but he couldn't even get a regular spot in Newcastles Championship team, then when Newcastle got promoted he was just hanging on collecting his cheques. Poor goalscoring record, poor attitude. Glad to see the back of him, I would rather have Corrado Grabbi in my team than this goon. Now he has gone, along with the rest of the trash we can concentrate on Friday. I was impressed with the team on Sunday against Stoke and Dunny showed he is still good for the last 20min when we need a change.[/p][/quote]Have to agree Harwood, never particularly understood the signing. I think too many get confused with the term "premiership players " as opposed to premiership quality players. The last few seasons in the championship have been interesting from the perspective of the quality of some of the players on show has been surprising. Its very clear that opportunity and agents have a lot to do with which club some players end up at not always the talent levels of the player. Sunday was an interesting game and a really good test. Stokes back four are a big set of lads and Rhodes did really well to get in front of them. Thought we equipped ourselves reasonably well. The defence still has a bit of work to do , but the attacking options look sharp. Was impressed with Baptiste to be fair thought he had a good game. Looking forward to Friday now and the season.[/p][/quote]Agreed our best players have come from Championship clubs eg. Gestede, Conway, Rhodes, Cairney harwoodblue
  • Score: 9

12:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.
Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion. tall in the saddle
  • Score: -17

12:24pm Tue 5 Aug 14

harwoodblue says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.
We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.[/p][/quote]We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system. harwoodblue
  • Score: 10

1:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

steralc says...

Gone but not forgotten
Keep paying then wages venky boys
And playing for a major rival in the chumpionship

You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
Gone but not forgotten Keep paying then wages venky boys And playing for a major rival in the chumpionship You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed steralc
  • Score: -10

1:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pembina says...

steralc wrote:
Gone but not forgotten
Keep paying then wages venky boys
And playing for a major rival in the chumpionship

You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
Doomed to what exactly, your miserable postings perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: Gone but not forgotten Keep paying then wages venky boys And playing for a major rival in the chumpionship You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed[/p][/quote]Doomed to what exactly, your miserable postings perhaps? Pembina
  • Score: 8

2:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

harwoodblue wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.
We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.
That’s what I mean strikers of some quality. King is essentially a winger and the other’s you mention can’t hold a candle to your two first choice lads.
[quote][p][bold]harwoodblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.[/p][/quote]We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.[/p][/quote]That’s what I mean strikers of some quality. King is essentially a winger and the other’s you mention can’t hold a candle to your two first choice lads. tall in the saddle
  • Score: -5

3:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

jack01 wrote:
Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season.

Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.
Loaning out a £3,000,000 player to a divisional rival and still paying out £20,000 each week in wages!
Smells like a fire sale to me jackoff.
Doomed.
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season. Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.[/p][/quote]Loaning out a £3,000,000 player to a divisional rival and still paying out £20,000 each week in wages! Smells like a fire sale to me jackoff. Doomed. Scamp Kingsley
  • Score: -1

3:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

harwoodblue says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
harwoodblue wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.
We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.
That’s what I mean strikers of some quality. King is essentially a winger and the other’s you mention can’t hold a candle to your two first choice lads.
Varney / Brown are both experienced championship strikers, King is better on the wing but can also play in the hole, Dean Rittenberg is an excellent prospect that could easily make the step up to the first team. Thats the same at any club, Burnley have Ings and Vokes but the rest are tosh.
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harwoodblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.[/p][/quote]We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.[/p][/quote]That’s what I mean strikers of some quality. King is essentially a winger and the other’s you mention can’t hold a candle to your two first choice lads.[/p][/quote]Varney / Brown are both experienced championship strikers, King is better on the wing but can also play in the hole, Dean Rittenberg is an excellent prospect that could easily make the step up to the first team. Thats the same at any club, Burnley have Ings and Vokes but the rest are tosh. harwoodblue
  • Score: 5

4:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Gutted he's gone - just when I was thinking that we would romp away with the championship title with him in our ranks.......
Gutted he's gone - just when I was thinking that we would romp away with the championship title with him in our ranks....... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -3

4:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

I am the voice of my own god says...

good luck Leon, you are better off out of deadwood park and the great unwashed that support them, now you have moved I am sure you will get Derby promoted and stick the middle finger well and truly up to the bitter no dads. you were worth every penny
good luck Leon, you are better off out of deadwood park and the great unwashed that support them, now you have moved I am sure you will get Derby promoted and stick the middle finger well and truly up to the bitter no dads. you were worth every penny I am the voice of my own god
  • Score: -7

4:46pm Tue 5 Aug 14

I am the voice of my own god says...

jack01 wrote:
Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season. Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.
put a shift in players, something to prove players, hungry players, replace with, unwanted freebies who have had more clubs then golfers. As for the wage bill reduction...dream on, filling the squad with flotsam and Jepson, you are still paying these no-marks serious money, why else would they slum it in deadwood playing in front of 20,000 plastic seats??? this Blackburn squad is the single worst almost in the clubs history. if you ever got back to the premier division it really would be a funny watch. good luck picking up free signings and surviving playing with the big boys......on another note, just did my fantasy football team for this year, I could not select any players from Blackburn Rovers, just saying
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Another relic of the Kean era gone, a considerable amount of money in wages saved, poison removed from the club. A team which now consists almost entirely of Bowyer's own players who are prepared to put in a shift and give it their all for the shirt. Wage bill drastically reduced with no harm done to the squad that will be used this season. Still waiting for the fire sale, administration and Portsmouth scenario that our numb friends in Burnley have spent the last three years predicting.[/p][/quote]put a shift in players, something to prove players, hungry players, replace with, unwanted freebies who have had more clubs then golfers. As for the wage bill reduction...dream on, filling the squad with flotsam and Jepson, you are still paying these no-marks serious money, why else would they slum it in deadwood playing in front of 20,000 plastic seats??? this Blackburn squad is the single worst almost in the clubs history. if you ever got back to the premier division it really would be a funny watch. good luck picking up free signings and surviving playing with the big boys......on another note, just did my fantasy football team for this year, I could not select any players from Blackburn Rovers, just saying I am the voice of my own god
  • Score: -4

5:00pm Tue 5 Aug 14

owd nick says...

If he stays at Derby for the season, there will be "what if" clauses in the agreement for both sides, it will save Rovers anywhere between £300k to £750k. depending on how much Derby are actually paying of his salary.

Not to be sniffed at;

Thoughts;

- His chances of playing for Rovers in a competitive are zilch, therefore the only time anyone realises he exists is when he opens his mouth on social media.

- If he plays consistently for Derby others will notice him and may come in with an offer, by Christmas there will be several PL teams desperate for an in form PL experienced striker, lets not forget that he does have PL experience, it's his PL standard ego that has done the damage at Ewood.

- If they don't then another year of his contract will be gone and Rovers might be in a better position to pay him off.

To me it's a win win situation for Rovers.

Can't wait for Friday. COYB's.
If he stays at Derby for the season, there will be "what if" clauses in the agreement for both sides, it will save Rovers anywhere between £300k to £750k. depending on how much Derby are actually paying of his salary. Not to be sniffed at; Thoughts; - His chances of playing for Rovers in a competitive are zilch, therefore the only time anyone realises he exists is when he opens his mouth on social media. - If he plays consistently for Derby others will notice him and may come in with an offer, by Christmas there will be several PL teams desperate for an in form PL experienced striker, lets not forget that he does have PL experience, it's his PL standard ego that has done the damage at Ewood. - If they don't then another year of his contract will be gone and Rovers might be in a better position to pay him off. To me it's a win win situation for Rovers. Can't wait for Friday. COYB's. owd nick
  • Score: 7

5:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MatthewCA says...

Don't Worry, you came into a wrong ground with a worng manager, All that influance take time to leave u. Now it happen.

Now u are in a good team and with a V.Good manager. Show us the power of LEON BEST who can score more goals than Rhodes.

Good Luck Leo
Don't Worry, you came into a wrong ground with a worng manager, All that influance take time to leave u. Now it happen. Now u are in a good team and with a V.Good manager. Show us the power of LEON BEST who can score more goals than Rhodes. Good Luck Leo MatthewCA
  • Score: -5

6:43pm Tue 5 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

harwoodblue wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
harwoodblue wrote:
tall in the saddle wrote:
Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.
We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.
That’s what I mean strikers of some quality. King is essentially a winger and the other’s you mention can’t hold a candle to your two first choice lads.
Varney / Brown are both experienced championship strikers, King is better on the wing but can also play in the hole, Dean Rittenberg is an excellent prospect that could easily make the step up to the first team. Thats the same at any club, Burnley have Ings and Vokes but the rest are tosh.
Unfoftunately no Sam. But I can tell you Barnes is a handful and sill improve. Have not yet seen the two knew boys but if anyone can make something of them it's Dyche
[quote][p][bold]harwoodblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harwoodblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: Blackburn fans kept saying last season that Burnley were lucky that they did not have any injuries. In fact they were hoping they would have injuries to key players and in the end they did but fortunately late on in the season. Now as you have got rid of your known reserve strike force you had better hope that Gestede and Rhodes do not sustain serious injuries as that could end any hope of promotion.[/p][/quote]We have plenty of cover in Varney, Brown, King, Rittenberg. And of course we have the wonderful emergency loan system.[/p][/quote]That’s what I mean strikers of some quality. King is essentially a winger and the other’s you mention can’t hold a candle to your two first choice lads.[/p][/quote]Varney / Brown are both experienced championship strikers, King is better on the wing but can also play in the hole, Dean Rittenberg is an excellent prospect that could easily make the step up to the first team. Thats the same at any club, Burnley have Ings and Vokes but the rest are tosh.[/p][/quote]Unfoftunately no Sam. But I can tell you Barnes is a handful and sill improve. Have not yet seen the two knew boys but if anyone can make something of them it's Dyche tall in the saddle
  • Score: -1

9:52pm Tue 5 Aug 14

aviitt says...

Must be said the deadweight has been dealt with as effectively as was realistically possible. Nobody in the right mind would permanently purchase Best, Etuhu etc so these ways were the most cost effective solutions in the long run. Mass exodus and administration looking less likely for now.
Must be said the deadweight has been dealt with as effectively as was realistically possible. Nobody in the right mind would permanently purchase Best, Etuhu etc so these ways were the most cost effective solutions in the long run. Mass exodus and administration looking less likely for now. aviitt
  • Score: 0

1:16am Wed 6 Aug 14

champs95 says...

Not as frustrating as taking a year to earn what you earn in a week you ungrateful slaaaag.
Not as frustrating as taking a year to earn what you earn in a week you ungrateful slaaaag. champs95
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

Scamp Kingsley wrote:
Agent Leon, outstanding work - take a bow!
How come all the agents working for Burnley FC seem to be a bit bonkers? Including your good self of course Scamp!
[quote][p][bold]Scamp Kingsley[/bold] wrote: Agent Leon, outstanding work - take a bow![/p][/quote]How come all the agents working for Burnley FC seem to be a bit bonkers? Including your good self of course Scamp! onsidecobra
  • Score: 0

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