Blackburn playing a dangerous waiting game
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is being forced to play a dangerous waiting game as he bids to strengthen his attacking options at Ewood Park.
Football betting pundits note that Rovers are in desperate pursuit of a striker to bolster their threadbare attack, but Allardyce’s transfer strategy is dependent on the club’s potential takeover.
With a month to go to the start of the season Allardyce has yet to add to his squad and the Rovers boss, for the time being, is sitting tight.
Indian businessman Saurin Shah has made his interest in the Lancashire club public, but as yet no takeover has been sealed and Allardyce has been left in limbo.
It’s understood the club have drawn up two lists of targets – one with the aid of new investment and the other without. The current transfer budget for Allardyce is around £2.5million, but the boss is hoping to have those coffers and the team’s online betting odds of success boosted with Shah’s investment.
It’s a dangerous waiting game because Rovers’ forward line is thin with only senior strikers Jason Roberts, Nikola Kalinic, and El-Hadji Diouf on the books.
Maceo Rigters, who spent all of last season on loan at Barnsley, and David Hoilett are the only other options with any first-team experience.
Allardyce knows he needs to make at least one addition to his forward line, but the longer he waits for the cash the harder the search will become.
Rovers, who were 20 points clear of the relegation zone last season, can’t afford to start the campaign with a lightweight attack.
They only managed 41 goals in 38 games last season and with Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City to face in three of their opening four games they face a tough start to the campaign.