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Samba beat to end for Blackburn?

DEFENSIVE ROCK: Chris Samba

BLACKBURN ROVERS manager Steve Kean must be the unluckiest man in football right now and as much as I feel sorry for him, I don't see his luck changing any time soon.

The news that Rovers captain, Christopher Samba, has handed in a transfer request will do nothing to get the fans off Kean or club owners, Venky's back.

But I can understand why Samba feels it is time to leave a ship that has been slowly sinking since the shock sacking of Sam Allardyce in 2010.

It was well publicised that Arsenal tried to buy the central defender last year, and from what we know he was persuaded to stay by tales of investment and rapid progressive. Something that has not transpired in any way, shape or form.

For most of this season Blackburn have been sat in the bottom three of the Premier League and even though they are currently 17th in the table, that is only due to goal difference.

Central defender Samba has been at Ewood Park since 2007 and I think most observers will agree, he has been a good servant to the club.

When the club has been at it's lowest ebb he has often been the best performer on the pitch, and while playing in defence he has scored 16 goals in his 161 games.

Although, I'm not a fan of players supposedly calling in sick or not turning up for games, I imagine that at the age of 27, Samba now feels it may be his last chance to make a move to a club that has a greater chance of being successful. To that end a move to Spurs makes more sense than joining QPR. That said there must be an emotional pull to west London as former boss Mark Hughes has just taken over at Rangers.

Some Rovers players are said to feel let down by his actions, but I would guess Samba feels lets down by the club and their lack of ambition. Footballers, like most professionals, want to achieve the most they can and I doubt he will manage that at Rovers. And while he signed a new contract last January, maybe he has now realised that was a mistake.

Is it really that wrong that he wants to leave now, rather than when the club gets relegated? Given that the club only paid £450,000 for him some four and a half years ago, maybe they should let him leave and get a sizeable return on their initial investment.

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