Mikael Forssell & Blackburn Rovers

Posted on August 31, 2006 
Filed Under Blues News

According to a local newspaper, Blackburn Rovers are interested in Blues striker Mikael Forssell.

The former Chelsea striker cost Blues £3m in June 2005. Initially Forssell was on loan at St Andrews during the 2003-04 season. He scored an impressive 17 league goals in 32 starts – he was Chelsea’s highest scoring player that season!

Blues managed to bag the likable Finn for another year on loan but Forssell looked sluggish and it was revealed that he had sufferered knee damage. He subsequently went back to Chelsea and was out of the game for eight months. He came back towards the end of the season and made a small number appearances for the Chelsea first team.

Before joining Blues on loan, Forssell spent time on loan at Crystal Palace (16 goals in 51 league appearances), Borussia Moenchengladbach where he scored seven goals in twelve league starts. However, the German club could not afford the fee to sign Forssell permanently.

Forssell has only ever started six league games for Chelsea but has come off the bench on 27 occasions. He has five goals to his name.

Last season Forssell was Blues joint-top scorer with eight. At the beginning of the season he looked slow and not capable. He had to play a number of times due to Blues only having three senior strikers and when he was played, Blues did not play to his strengths and the Forss was wasted. He made 35 appearances for Blues in all competitions last season.

Over the last 9 months or so, Forssell has shown glimpses of his old self. At times he’ll show his worryingly quick feet and jink past a player and put in a shot. He can be amazingly comfortable with the ball at his feet but without doubt, his biggest asset is, when on form, his finishing. He isn’t a blaster but more of a placer and his deadly accuracy is capable of getting goals at any level.

The worry for Blues fans is whether that knee will ever completely heal. So far it doesn’t look like it has and at times already this season Forssell has looked frustrated and annoyed at not being able to produce his best. There is competition for places up front at Blues this season with DJ Campbell, Nicklas Bendtner (on loan from Arsenal) and Cameron Jerome – with Gary McSheffrey also able to play as a striker.

Personally I’d have for Forssell to go – especially to Blackburn Rovers. There’s a lot of bad blood between the clubs and I think more than Rovers themselves, I hate the idea of Sav thinking that them signing our ‘best’ striker would be a huge kick in the teeth for us. Petty maybe but I really cannot stand such an insincere and dishonest man such as Savage.

I’m still convinced that Forssell can recapture the form that he showed for us on his first stint here. He needs someone to run the channels and create that space as well as getting balls into feet instead of bashed from any old place on the park and expecting him to bring them down and then start his trickery.

I hope this one is just a nasty rumour that will do the rounds. I’ll definitely be staying up to midnight tonight in the hope of this one not coming to fruition.


27 Responses to “Mikael Forssell & Blackburn Rovers”

  1. Steve M on August 31st, 2006 1:52 pm

    I hope this one is just a nasty rumour that will do the rounds. I’ll definitely be staying up to midnight tonight in the hope of this one not coming to fruition.

    completely agree with that statement
    the best is yet to come the forss
    i can feel it

  2. Ben P on August 31st, 2006 1:58 pm

    Feed the Forss and he WILL score!

    I hope we keep him.

    Ben P

  3. Hatton on August 31st, 2006 2:00 pm

    I for one will be livid if we sell Fors and replace him with Bent, at the start of the season i think everyone expected Pennant and Heskey to go, but not fors.

  4. Hatton on August 31st, 2006 2:00 pm

    I for one will be livid if we sell Fors and replace him with Bent, at the start of the season i think everyone expected Pennant and Heskey to go, but not fors. We are not a selling club.

  5. Hatton on August 31st, 2006 2:01 pm

    Deary me it seems to have left my comment twice

  6. Tom Davies on August 31st, 2006 2:02 pm

    I think there are more concerns over his knee than anyone thinks. None more than from the man himself. Doesn’t look the same player at all.

  7. BluePete on August 31st, 2006 2:09 pm

    Totally agree we will see the best of The Force if we stick by him. It would be a huge mistake to sell.

  8. mr crosby on August 31st, 2006 2:11 pm

    “We are not a selling club” what a load of shite, the board would sell there own mothers if the price was right.

  9. rick on August 31st, 2006 2:16 pm

    especially the one that’s handy at the bingo – mrs gold.

  10. McNamanam on August 31st, 2006 2:18 pm

    I surely hope that Fors will stay. He is – to be honest – one of the most loyal and feetontheground kind of man I´ve seen. He still has the talent. And I can assure you that he WILL score. He just needs better midfield than which we have. Although he´ve been in bad shape (not anymore), he´ve been our best striker according to the number of scored goals. I haven´t seen anyone else to score more than Fors lately. Or have I understood it wrong?

    He will play against Poland and Portugal during the following week and when playing together with Jari Litmanen, Fors will score. I sure hope that we won´t swoop him to Kuqi. Kuqi is big, but he doesn´t have the talent. Kuqi is good target player, but not a natural goal scorer like Mikael.

  11. BCFC TILL I DIE on August 31st, 2006 2:25 pm

    Its a shame if forsell leave but if he wants to go we cant atop him.. I think if he goes swap for Kuqi would be good deal

  12. Steve M on August 31st, 2006 2:26 pm

    mr crosby u hit the nail right on the head

  13. BlueCrows on August 31st, 2006 2:41 pm

    Selling him might be the better gamble at this time, if his knee isn’t up it, it’ll be exposed this season and we’ll have no chance of getting any return from our initial outlay. Its been 2 years since he injured it, so if someone comes in with a reasonable offer it would make financial sense for the club to take it. I (like the other contributors) lover the Fors and would love him to stay and repay us – if we played the ball to feet as he complained of incessantly last year – with lots of goals, but the prudent approach would be to cash in now. Bent, however, is not a substitute for a fit and confident Forsell!

  14. bruceand bradyfan on August 31st, 2006 2:41 pm

    Why don’t we knock Dunny out before midnight and have done with it (no pun intended)

    I thought we wanted to bounce back up? Forsell will be required for that – surely that will leave us with three centre forwards? – ring any bells?
    Bent won’t come to us – not unless Curbishly does so I can’t see it happening.
    I hope were practicing ’shots in’ for the next fortnight!

  15. mr crosby on August 31st, 2006 2:44 pm

    Dunny will go in January along with Upson when he’s fit.

  16. Mears on August 31st, 2006 2:49 pm

    It would be absolutely ridiculous to sell the Forss and to replace him with Marcus Bent? i mean come on.. where is the logic in that. Forss a player soon to get back to near his best, or a lazy has-been. We have to keep him. We do not need Bent

  17. Heather's Dad on August 31st, 2006 2:50 pm

    It’s obvious that Forssell has not been at his best for a while, in fact, since that great spell while on loan. How long is it sensible to give him to get back to that sort of form – indeed, will he ever get there? Better to offload IMHO, although I haven’t seen any figures; I would want to give him away. Then concentrate on a settled forward line of Jerome/Bendtner or whatever, with Kuqi an adequate backup for them and DJC.

  18. Kym Smith on August 31st, 2006 3:01 pm

    This will be a bad bit of business if it does happen. We have paid out a fortune in wages while he was injured, and done all the rehab.

    Marcus Bent is not an adequate replacement and I for one don’t want to see any more prima donnas at St Andrew’s.

    Mr C is dead right – and he could well be right about Dunn and Upson as well if we are not top 3 in January.

  19. Jack on August 31st, 2006 3:06 pm

    I cannot believe any premiership team would take a chance on Forsell. All he has proved through last season and this is that he has not recovered. If anyone is after him then it implies he is the best striker in England outside the premiership. I would argue that he is not even the best striker on our team.

    If Blackburn offer what we paid, take it and run. My guess is when the clock strikes midnight, Forsell will still be with us.

    This strikes me as a story made up to sell newspapers.

  20. bob on August 31st, 2006 3:44 pm

    Offer of £3 million + sell him he has offerd absoloutely nothing this season. Should have scored his second goal of the season vs Stoke but his penalty was extremerly poor. Mind you it could be the story where we let him go he is fantastic keep him and he’ll be a flop who knows??

  21. Steve M on August 31st, 2006 3:54 pm

    according blackburn are buying Nonda from Roma who is a striker

  22. Steve M on August 31st, 2006 3:55 pm

    between according and blackburn should be “to Sky sports”

  23. Eddie Brown on August 31st, 2006 5:26 pm

    If Forsell ain’t fit he wont pass the Blackburn medical!
    He’ll start scoring again if he has the right midfield behind him.
    He would probably be happy to play in front of Sav, who like it or not, could create as well as defend.
    The truth is Thierry Henry would struggle with the service our forwards have had this last 12 months.

  24. Stratty on August 31st, 2006 6:11 pm

    Liverpool don’t seem to be struggling with Pennants service so far do they? the tactics are to blame for the lack of goals.

  25. Eddie Brown on August 31st, 2006 8:23 pm

    I agree Stratty, when Pennant ended up the only attacking forward, the opposition just doubled up on him.
    My point, probably not well made, is Bruce could play 2 defensive type midfielders such as Sav and Cisse and get away with it if they had that little bit of class to create something.
    Sorry to say Johnno and Clemence dont have it.
    No doubt where the problem lies

  26. Craig Sykes on August 31st, 2006 8:51 pm

    I, too, hope this one isn’t true. I believe The Forss will come good and start banging in the goals. We sell him and we will regret it.

  27. lister on August 31st, 2006 10:18 pm

    I can see no logic in selling Forsell. he will give us 20 goals this season (if he gets the games). Who else will do that?

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