Big Sam on Russian Mission - Pavel Pogrebenyak?

As Blackburn kicked off against Leeds in their friendly game today, it became apparent that manager Sam Allardyce was not at the game.

This is good news for Rovers fans as it means Big Sam is taking a serious look at a player or players before putting in a bid in.

We know that his self confessed priority is a striker and I hear that he is actually in Russia to watch a game today. There are four games being played there today:

PFK Samara Kryliya Sovetov v Saturn Moscow
Lokomotiv Moscow v Dinamo Moscow
Zenit St Petersburg v FK Rubin Kazan
FK Rostov-Na-Donu v FK Tom’ Tomsk

If I was to pick one out that I thought Sam was at, I would go with the Zenit game against FK Rubin Kazan and in particular I think he is watching Pavel Pogrebenyak.

Pavel Pogrebenyak

A good one to be looking at in my opinion, I will post again once I can confirm that, he is indeed Sam’s target, if not then I will let you know who he really was looking at.

2 Responses to “Big Sam on Russian Mission - Pavel Pogrebenyak?”

  1. DD Says:

    Well if Pogrebenyak was the man that Sam went to watch today after Yorkshire radio revealed he was in Russia then he did okay without overly impressing.

    I watched the game on bet365, he had a goal ruled out in the first few minutes after being caught offside, easy finish. He chased the ball down a lot and constantly worked hard without really having much success in the first half, when Zenit had the ball he played very high up the park as a loan striker.

    In the second half Zenit had a bit more of the ball and he showed some good link up play and a willingess to run at defenders again though without Zenit creating any kind of clear cut chances. Around the hour mark Rubin had a player sent off and shut up shop playing on the counter attack (Nearly scoring with a good chance.) Pogrebenyak was again starved of any real service so it was hard to see much of his shooting or aerial ability in the box. Had one decent chance in injury time from about 18 yards out which he skied over the bar, his only shot of the match that I saw.

    The game finished 0-0, if anything 10 men Rubin were the better team over 90 minutes, Zenit struggled to create any chances.

    One interesting figure is they put up a ‘Distance Run’ statistic on the screen and only one Zenit player had ran more than him in the game.

    So could just be a wild shot in the dark after Yorkshire radio’s comment where some of us put 2 and 2 together but if this was the man Sam watched then that’s a quick recap of what he would have seen.

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