Despite Steve Kean’s claims that Christopher Samba wouldn’t be leaving the club in the January transfer window, the struggling Lancashire club were handed a blow today as the player handed in a formal transfer request.
On submitting the request, he said: “I have today officially requested a transfer from Blackburn Rovers Football Club. I have personally informed the owners, manager and executives at the club that I want to leave in this transfer window.
“In my five years at Blackburn Rovers Football Club I have always given 100 per cent in every game I have played. I have had several opportunities to leave but I have always stayed.
“I have decided now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge and I have asked the club to respect my decision and allow me to leave.”
There is no denying that Samba has been one of the most consistent center backs in the Premier League over the last few years and his decision will leave Blackburn with a massive hole to fill as they look to battle relegation.
His experience and no-nonsense playing style is something that is very hard to replace and when you look at the rest of the squad, there aren’t many names that stand out who you feel can take on that responsibility that he currently shoulders.
The question now is, where will he end up? According to the bookies, his most likely destination will be QPR to link up with former manager Mark Hughes. Tottenham and PSG are also said to be considering making an offer for the 27 year old.
However, in my mind there is one club who should be banging down Rovers’ door, and that is Arsenal. For years now, the Gunners have been crying out for a defender in the mould of Chris Samba. Yesterday’s display at swansea again highlighted the deficiencies that have been there for the majority of the season.
In Arsene Wenger’s ideal world, every player in his team would be comfortable on the ball and the defenders would look to pass out of defence, but if you look back to his own trophy winning teams of the past they were all built around a core of strong and solid players who knew when just to get rid. Players who could more than compete with the physical demands of the premier league.
Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Patrick Viera to name a few.
Chris samba to me fits this mould perfectly as someone who you know will throw their body on the line for the cause and be able to chip in with goals at the other end of the pitch as well.
To me, if Arsene Wenger doesn’t make a move for Samba then he has seriously lost the plot. Where else can you get a 27 year old centre back with 5+ years of premier league experience for anywhere near the value that Samba offers?
Nowhere, that’s where. Sign him up Arsene, sign him up.