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‘Where are the defenders?’ – These Blackburn fans were absolutely right to question this needless January signing

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After a tough start to the 2016/17 season in the Championship, Blackburn Rovers fans were looking desperately to the January transfer window for a hero. 

Owen Coyle was far from a fan favourite when he was brought in during the summer and he had done very little to improve that situation during the first half of the campaign as the Lancashire club prepared for a relegation scrap.

The club had been haemorrhaging goals all season and improvements were definitely needed at the back and would surely be Coyle’s first port of call to improve.

But this was not the case.

This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and take a look at what happened next.

With defensive acquisitions in dire need, Coyle decided to extend the deal of a striker who had largely been ineffective. Obviously.

Marvin Emnes had signed on loan from Swansea at the start of the campaign originally until January but had his deal extended until the end of the season, despite only scoring three goals in the time leading up to the winter window.

It was a move that did not exactly impress the Ewood Park faithful:

In fairness to the Dutchman, he did prove to be one of the clubs more effective players in the second half of the campaign.

He scored once more and contributed four more assists before the end of the campaign but Rovers’ defensive frailties remained.

Tony Mowbray replaced Coyle in February and managed to sure up the backline slightly as they hung onto a chance of survival until the last day of the season.

A 3-1 victory away to Brentford gave them a real shot at survival but unfortunately, Nottingham Forest were also victorious, meaning Rovers were relegated on goal difference alone.

But the fact remains that the fans were right to question the striker’s signing.

Had Coyle and the board brought in defensive reinforcements much sooner they would have stood a much better chance at survival.


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Article title: ‘Where are the defenders?’ – These Blackburn fans were absolutely right to question this needless January signing

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