In recent transfer windows, Blackburn have been among the least active clubs in the league and up until two hours prior to the window closing, that looked to be the case yet again, with only two loan deals. But then something started happening at Ewood Park, with the transfers of Fernando Torres, David Luiz and Andy Carroll taking up all of Sky's air time.
Just as people started getting flashbacks of prior windows with a lot of talk but no action, rovers.co.uk announced the purchase of 19 year old Barca player Ruben Rochina, who can play as a striker and as attacking midfielder. A player who could very possibly be a long term replacement for the creativity at Ewood: David Dunn. The reported value was around £1 mill, although no figures have been made official.
About half an hour later, still behind the scenes, Ewood Park was once again active. The long awaited purchase of 22 year old Argentinian playmaker Mauro Formica, was made official at a reported value of around some £3 mill. The player has been dubbed a young Batistuta by Steve Kean, but surely it wasn't meant in the sense that he's a prolific goalscorer, as his relatively impressive goal tally isn't exactly Batistuta status, at 20 goals in 86 appearances for Old Boys, compared to Batistuta's average of more than a goal every two games. However he is a very talented player, with loads of assists to add to his tally, making him a direct contender for Dunn and Gamst.
Shortly after the Formica deal was announced, a great servant of Rovers, EH Diouf, was loaned out to Glasgow Rangers, with a view to a permanent deal and Dioufy has already expressed his desire to become a Rangers legend. Personally I don't feel that this is a good move for us, as he has that impeccable work rate, decent technique and he really gets under the skin of his opponents. I know a lot of fans are applauding his departure, but I for one will miss him in the blue and white shirt.
All in all, it has been a very turbulent window with jokes about the likes of Ronaldinho and Beckham, endless waiting and some very exciting deadline day transfers.
With this I would just like to welcome two VERY exciting talents, that can rest assure to get a very warm welcome at Ewood Park and a heartfelt thank you to EH Diouf for his great service.