Friday, July 27, 2007

Santa Cruz is coming to town

The Fiver this afternoon looks at the latest purchase for the Rovers.

[Cue triumphant scenes of a hooded figure jogging past burning oilcans in Blackburn town centre, throwing punches at a huge slab of black pudding, and then sprinting up Ewood Park's famous steps].
Yes, coming soon to a Premiership football club near you: the incredible story of Roque, the Paraguay striker who looks like a Chippendale but scores far less frequently. During eight years at Bayern Munich, Roque Santa Cruz has played just 136 games, scoring 27 goals, a miserable statistic usually blamed on three serious knee operations and a gammy ankle. But last season a fully-fit Roque managed just three in 35 and was considered by some to be the worst player in the German league quite some accolade when Timothee Atouba is around.
Still, while Roque is considered washed up in the land of lederhosen, Mark Hughes reckons he can make him a contender. "The good thing from our point of view is that his fitness levels are fine as he has been playing in the Copa América," growled the Blackburn boss before suddenly morphing into Leslie Crowther. "Maybe in the next 24 hours a deal could be concluded if the price is right!"
The more important thing for Blackburn, of course, is whether Roque still packs a punch. At the 2002 Japan Korea Hyundai etc etc World Cup, he was a minor sensation as Paraguay reached the last 16. Back then he looked a striker of rare quality - able to play as a target man or operate in the hole; 6ft 3in tall but quick. If he could recapture that form he could form a lethal partnership with Benni McCarthy. If not, Hughes can always turn to Jason Roberts...

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