Kean urges Samba to knuckle down after transfer request fails to earn move
Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes Chris Samba can regain his focus and reproduce his best once the transfer window closes, starting with Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle.
The Rovers captain handed in a transfer request earlier this month but Kean expects to fend off any last-minute bids for the wantaway defender.
'We were very strong with our statement earlier on,' Kean said.
'We want him to be part of the club, he signed a long-term deal and we want him to get back on it and get his head around the fact that he's going to be here.
Running out of time: Samba looks set to stay at Blackburn until at least the end of the season
'In the last window and windows
before that, as soon as it closed and he got his head around being here,
his performance levels were excellent.
never nice when someone makes a transfer request, but a contract is a
two-way thing. We never accepted the transfer request and we want him to
be a part of what we're trying to do here.
know he's put in his request, I'll need to speak to him tomorrow once
the window is closed and say “We need to move forward now, we need to
get you back in the frame, we need to get you mentally prepared properly
and there are no physical problems”.
'We'll take that conversation forward tomorrow morning.'
received a boost on Monday when midfielder David Dunn signed a contract
extension until June next year and they have also signed Marcus Olsson,
twin brother of Rovers defender Martin, on a free transfer from Swedish
Two of a kind: Martin Olsson is joined at Blackburn by his brother Marcus
Kean believes Marcus Olsson will provide an attacking threat and will strengthen Blackburn's left side.
'They've got the same style, which you can imagine being identical twins,' Kean said.
'(Marcus) plays higher but on the same side (as Martin) and that will prove difficult for any right back when he sees one going outside and one driving.
'He's a fantastic athlete and fit in easily in a practice match.'
Rovers host Newcastle at Ewood Park on Wednesday night having only lost once in their last five league games, and Kean is confident his side can get a result.
Kean to focus: Steve Kean knows the importance of a positive result against Newcastle
'We know Newcastle very well,' Kean said.
'We know they're a team who could miss a few players (with the Africa Cup of Nations), but we've only lost one game in the last five and we were unlucky we didn't get a draw in that Stoke game.
'We went to the tough away games – Anfield, Old Trafford and Everton, got points from that and managed to beat Fulham with 10 men.
'We're in a good vein of form and we're confident we can keep the run going.
'If we can get fresh faces and people that are excited about being here added to the ones we're getting back, that will give us a massive boost.'