5 playmakers for Blackburn Rovers

Your Preference

  • Mauro Formica

    Votes: 1 33.3%
  • Yevhen Konoplyanka

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Zvjezdan Misimovic

    Votes: 2 66.7%
  • Ander Herrera Aguera

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Willem Janssen

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


Dec 17, 2010
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It's been a strange sort of season for Blackburn Rovers.

Fans and opponents never really know what to expect. They are lying in a respectable ninth place, but are finding consistency hard to come by, only on one occasion winning two games on the spin or suffering back to back defeats.

Off the pitch, one could argue that things have been equally baffling. New owners Venkys promised hope, but somewhat bizarrely dispensed of the man who had brought some stability to the club, Sam Allardyce, and Steve Kean has been appointed manager until the end of the season.

So where do Rovers go from here?

With the January transfer window upon us, the new owners have indicated new faces will be arriving.

And while funds given to a temporary boss are always likely to be limited, Venkys will want to do enough to ensure Rovers not only stay in the top flight but have a solid basis upon which a new manager can build next season.

One type of player Rovers need is an attack-minded midfielder. A playmaker that can take the name by the scruff of the neck and feed the strikers.

Here are five IMScouting believe Kean should be looking at.

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Formica can play as either an attacking midfielder or a forward.

He is an immensely creative player who can dribble, pass and finish. He's naturally right-footed but he is deadly in front of goal with either foot.

Formica also has an excellent shot from distance, making him a constant threat on goal. He has scored five goals and provided two assists this season and is Newell's Old Boys biggest prospect. He has already been linked with a transfer to Europe and his release clause stands at $5 million.

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Konoplyanka is one of the most promising Ukrainian players. Quick and great on the ball, he possesses playmaking skills of the highest calibre.

As well as having great technique and dazzling dribbling skills, Konoplyanka has strength that belies his size, giving him the capability to shake off strong defenders.

Konoplyanka is a versatile player who can play in every attacking role. He possesses fine finishing skills and is always a threat with his long range shooting, including from free-kicks.

Once he learns to be more purposeful and finds the confidence to dribble his way into the box more frequently, than he will become an even bigger attacking force.

And due to his great professional attitude, he is sure to progress.

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Misimovic is an enormously creative player who has the ability to put a player in front of the goalkeeper with one touch.

He is good with both feet and can play various offensive positions, although he prefers to play as an attacking midfielder, in the centre or on the left wing.

He is also very dangerous in front of goal and has scored 16 goals in 54 games for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Although he moved to Galatasaray from VfL Wolfsburg, he has stated he's isn't overly happy in Turkey, and although he has said he intends to stay at Galatasaray for the time being, the lure of the Premiership might be too hard for him to turn down.

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Herrera is a massive talent, and one of the most impressive young Spanish players.

He is an attacking midfielder who feels comfortable playing in almost any midfield or forward position.

Herrera is a great team-player with high-calibre technique on the ball. His main strengths are his unique vision and his ability to provide wonderful defence-splitting passes.

He should get stronger physically but other than that, he has no weaknesses in his game.

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Janssen is having a super season from the side lying fifth in the Dutch top flight, with six goals and five assists so far.

He is a highly talented young player who has good vision and quick feet. His work-rate is high and he is eager to improve his game, his coach describing him as "a sponge that takes everything in."

Janssen's contract expires at the end of the season and he has already made it clear that he's not willing to extend it.

Janssen certainly has the ability to play at a higher level, and although Feyenoord and Twente have already shown interest in snapping him up, Blackburn could well beat them to his signature in January.