Rovers 3 Fulham 1. With ten men. Hands up everyone who predicted that? I thought not.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer, and Rovers are still in deep trouble. Despite Steve Kean claiming the club couldn’t afford any messing around in the January transfer window, there have been no signings so far.
He also insisted, before the window opening, he’d spoken to Venky’s about “getting the defenders we need”, so the fact we’ve bid for two forwards is a little worrying. The fact those forwards are Andy Johnson and a guy from France who hasn’t started a league game for three months is even more worrying.
Venky’s too have continued to contradict themselves, claiming they were still committed to funding the club, then telling Kean there was no war chest available for January purchases. This leaves us, once again, looking at players leaving before we can even think about buying.
As it’s the transfer window, there’s the usual ‘Chris Samba wants a move’ circus going on. This time it’s gone a step further as he’s handed in a transfer request. So far, only QPR have submitted an official bid, but it’s safe to say it’s a tad low.
The continuous speculation does neither Samba or Rovers any favours, and Kean could nip it all in the bud quite easily. The player is contracted to the club until 2015. Despite stating he isn’t for sale, every player has his price.
The club should make its mind up what that price is, telephone Redknapp, Hughes and whoever else is sniffing around and tell them what it is. If they agree – sell. If not, then Samba gets told that no-one wants him and the circus stops. Simple.
The club have also announced a Brazilian agent – Joao Souza – who didn’t land Ronaldinho but did find Bruno Ribeiro, is helping the club during the transfer window. No doubt we’ll be signing more players who never get a game then.
Junior Hoilett still hasn’t signed a new deal despite Kean telling us it would happen ‘in the next 24 hours’ slightly more than 24 hours ago, while Scott Dann has been lnked with a move away after playing just eleven games.
On top of all that, we’ve had Kean doing the most ill-timed interview ever with the Daily Mail – a simpering, snivelling, feel sorry for me PR piece, which was published right in the middle of last Friday’s 24-hour fan protest. Talk about sticking two fingers up. Then he wonders why no-one likes him.
So the circus is still in town – maybe Kean should wear a big red nose, floppy shoes and a squirty flower to prove the point.