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Michel Salgado – Remember him?

August 20, 2009


He’s back on the Football radar. 33 year old Michel Salgado has made the surprising move to Ewood Park, to join up with Big Sam Allardyce and his Blackburn side.

The ex-Real Madrid man played a major part in the success of the Club during Vicente del Bosque’s reign, but as the impatient President and Directors chopped and changed their number 1, Salgado found himself shut out at the Bernabeu. A combination of injuries and poor form contributed to that too. Salgado made just 17 appearances in his last two seasons in Spain, before being released at the end of the 08/09 season.

It’s not surprising that Allardyce snapped him up. He’s a player of great experience, and in his day he was a class act. I’m sure he still will be a class act, especially for Blackburn, although some of his old flair will obviously have been lost. However, since young Danny Simpson has left the club, the right back position has been a bit of a problem area for Big Sam, in pre season and the opening game of the season – the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Salgado will give Rovers width, experience as I mentioned, some hard-tackling, and probably a bit of play-acting, which can be expected from a Spaniard with long, blonde hair. An accentric character, who I’m sure will slot nicely into life in Lancashire. It’s a far cry from Madrid though!

Allardyce has likened the new signing to Fernando Hierro’s stint at Bolton, when he was Manager at the Reebok. “It will give us bigger status. He will demand more from the players rather than me or the coaches. I want him to bring a Real Madrid attitude to the dressing room. That is what Fernando did at Bolton and we all benefited. Hopefully that will be the case with Michel.”

As for Salgado himself, he’s just happy to be back in action. After turning down Chelsea to stay with Real a few years ago, looking back he feels he made the right decision. “I had a chance to come to Chelsea but I was lucky too because my team was Real Madrid. I love the club, I was there 10 years – it is a lifetime. I am proud of playing for them for so long. Now I want to enjoy the next two years, playing in the Premier League. It is one of the best in the world. Not only that it is pure football – fantastic games and a fantastic atmosphere. This will be a good experience for me, my wife and children. I have joined a historic club.”

A signing that will no doubt excite the Ewood fans, and hopefully make an impact on the Premier League in a positive way.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2009 3:22 am

    For Will’s lookalikes section?

    • August 21, 2009 3:30 am

      lol, yes to that one. was picturing sean bean with short hair at first but that one could work. thanks, you just saved me from searching for next week’s lookalikes.

  2. Pete permalink
    August 21, 2009 12:24 pm

    This is a classic Big Sam signing, a player getting on in age who is still pure quality and willing to make a name for themselves again. eg) ivan campo, djorkaeff, jay jay

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