Blackburn Rovers look set to make a swift return to the Championship after a brief absence, but with promotion comes the responsibility of not immediately becoming embroiled in a relegation battle.
It has been a thankless period in Rovers history, made worse by the departure of Jordan Rhodes a couple of seasons ago. Rhodes knew where the back of the net was, he was the stereotypical ’20-goal a season’ striker that fans crave. Since he’s left, Rovers haven’t had a striker of his ilk.
Just six miles up the road from Ewood Park there’s another forward making a name for himself as a 20-goal a season man, and he might just be what Tony Mowbray’s side to consolidate in the second tier next season.
27-year old Billy Kee came through the Leicester City academy before spells at Burton Albion, Torquay and Scunthorpe United. He’s recently thrived in the humble surroundings of the Crown Ground, Accrington. Stanley are one of the smallest Football League clubs, surviving on crowds of little more than 1,600 a week, yet with the help of Kee’s goals, they find themselves top of League Two and a possible opponent for Sunderland next season.
Kee has hit the back of the net 21 times in the league this season and is the leading scorer in League Two. Eight of those have come from the penalty spot, showing him to be as deadly from 12 yards as he is from anywhere else on the pitch.
He doesn’t just score them either, his bullish style of play has seen him provide nine assists, both aerially and on the floor. He’s grown into something of a complete striker, provider as well as being deadly at his level.
He’s ever-present for Accrington this season in the league, making 36 appearances during which they’ve won 22 and drawn five. He’s surely the first name on John Coleman’s team sheet and with just cause. For every 150 minutes he’s on the pitch, he scores a goal.
He only picked up four bookings too, remarkable for a robust striker often bullied and battered by opposition defenders. He has a calm attitude, absolutely focused on putting the ball in the back of the net.
All sides need goals, but if Blackburn Rovers do get promoted they need to find themselves another Jordan Rhodes. There might be an option to rescue the man himself from his Sheffield Wednesday nightmare, but Billy Kee would offer a much cheaper option. On current form, he is worth a gamble, having scored in 11 of his last 15 matches.
What do you think Rovers fans? Would you like to see Billy Kee join your side this summer? Let us know in the comments below.
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