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.