Loan watch update: Blackburn fan discusses Mame Biram Diouf


By Dan Clough

In this week’s Lancashire Telegraph, we were informed that Manchester United’s Mame Biram Diouf will not be available to Rovers next season as he will be recalled by Sir Alex. Be this out of Fergie spite, or a real desire to have him back at Old Trafford, Rovers fans will not shed a tear.

Despite starting well, Diouf has been a passenger for much of the past few months.

Things have changed at the club, and that could have contributed to his lack of form, especially with the loss of the manager that brought him to the club, but as a club desperate for goals, his misfiring has been disappointing.

He’s quick, granted. But he’s not got the cutting edge needed to finish off what are often clear cut chances. And at the end of the day, there’s only room in our squad for one Jason Roberts.

Blackburn Rovers, especially this season, are a side that don’t get too many chances in a match, so missing them is a heinous crime. Unfortunately, my lasting memories of Diouf will be of missed opportunities.

He’s not been getting in the side too much of late. Perhaps that is as much down to the acquisition of Roque Santa Cruz and Steve Kean’s desperation to prove he knows what he’s doing (if it was his signing, and not Jerome Anderson’s) by constantly playing the Paraguayan (also misfiring) and hoping he can forge a partnership with the (also misfiring, seeing a pattern?) Croat Nikola Kalinic.

Whatever the reasons, Kean appears to be planning for a future without Mame Diouf, and I’m not too bothered.

As for his return to United, I cannot see him becoming a first team regular at Old Trafford. He simply isn’t good enough. With Rovers now out of favour with the ageing Scot, though, after we ditched his big pal Sam Allardyce, I can only assume he doesn’t want to do us any favours by loaning his players to us.

Expect to see him sold in Summer – that’s if anyone is willing to fork out for him. Perhaps he’ll end up on loan at Big Sam’s next club?

Dan is the designer of the 4,000 Holes Blackburn Rovers fanzine.

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  1. what does “Be this out of Fergie spite, or a real desire to have him back at Old Trafford” mean???? out of spite?? what spite are you talking about. Aslo SAF has clearly said that Diouf is part of his future plan at the club.

  2. I’m guessing the spite he is referring to would be because he doesn’t want to do Blackburn any favours following their unfair sacking of his good friend Sam Allardyce.

  3. I really hope he is not part of our plans as he really is a very average player – championship sides is his level along with Gibson.

  4. Kev the red on

    Out of spite? Yeh because im sure he would have left him on loan to you forever. How thick are you rovers fans? All 6 of you.

  5. Ad67 @ i was beginning to think that all the fan were blind, u are exactly right gibson’s level is even questionable for championship football, only wellbeck and clerverly should return from their loan, macheda show go on a season long loan in the premiership, and as u said diouf not united quality he should be sold.

  6. At 23 he is not the finished article yet.. he is fast and fairly decent, but UTD standard??I don’t think Rooney, Hernandez and even Owen need to worry yet..I would put a price tag of 2.5 for his services

  7. Dan Clough on

    As stated above, the spite I am referring to is indeed about Allardyce’s sacking. Fergie stated on TV that he was shocked by the news.

    Kev the red – ” Yeh because im sure he would have left him on loan to you forever. ” No, but we have expressed an interest in signing him permanently, a move I am sure he does not want to make having seen how our owners treated his mate Sam.

    PS – We’re not thick. And there’s more than six of us. If you don’t believe me, look at our attendance records. If you’re not too thick to read them …

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