The rumor mills are turning faster than ever at Ewood Park and the club's owners are surely doing their part to make sure that it keeps going. Talk of Ronaldinho and Beckham coming to Ewood have been laughed at in most corners of the world, but should we really care about that? This is after all what the fans, including myself, have been wishing for for the last 10 years.
Laughing stock or not, you must admit that these are exciting, although a bit worrying, times for Rovers fans. The owners are showing their ambitions with their £20 million bid for Ronaldinho and the tracking of David Beckham (I'm glad we didn't get Ron though).
I am however looking for more realistic talk and am actually delighted with what I've seen from the paper talk. Four of those that have left us for 'greener pastures' in the past are being heavily linked, along with players like Charlie Adam and even Gabriel Milito. These are all players that could come in and do a good job.
First up is Stephen Warnock who went to Villa, as there was a better chance of winning silverware. Let's just say that that didn't turn out too well. I guess that's been the case for all who left Rovers for bigger and better, except for Henning Berg and Damian Duff (please correct me if I'm wrong). He would be a great signing as he can play at left back and can do a decent job in our depleted midfield.
Then there are David Bentley and Damian Duff who both are players that we could use, as the delivery for our strikers hasn't been very good and our midfield is practically depleted through injuries and international duty.
Santa Cruz might be useful if, and only if, he can stay injury free and is willing to work his ass out of his pants for the club.
Adam would slot right into our midfield for reasons mentioned above.
Then there is Milito. Since he's able to do a decent job for Barcelona when needed, I'm sure he'll be good enough t replace want-a-way Chris Samba.
The players above are probably going to cost us somewhere between £20-25 million, but since the owners were willing to throw £20 million at Ronaldinho and a possible sale of Samba would bring in at least £10-12 million, I don't see it as much of a problem.
All in all, I think we'll be seeing some signings and some of them will be catching quite a lot of attention, like Milito who might go from Barca to 'greener pastures' at Ewood Park.
Over and out