Kean pleads for Samba focus

The Rovers captain handed in a transfer request earlier this

month but Kean expects to fend off any last-minute bids for the

wantaway defender.

“We were very strong with our statement earlier on,” Kean

said.

“We want him to be part of the club, he signed a long-term deal

and we want him to get back on it and get his head around the fact

that he’s going to be here.

“In the last window and windows before that, as soon as it

closed and he got his head around being here, his performance

levels were excellent.

“It’s never nice when someone makes a transfer request, but a

contract is a two-way thing. We never accepted the transfer request

and we want him to be a part of what we’re trying to do here.

“I know he’s put in his request, I’ll need to speak to him

tomorrow once the window is closed and say ‘We need to move forward

now, we need to get you back in the frame, we need to get you

mentally prepared properly and there are no physical problems’.

“We’ll take that conversation forward tomorrow morning.”

Blackburn received a boost on Monday when midfielder David Dunn

signed a contract extension until June next year and they have also

signed Marcus Olsson, twin brother of Rovers defender Martin, on a

free transfer from Swedish side Halmstad.

Kean believes Marcus Olsson will provide more of an attacking

threat from defence and will strengthen Blackburn’s left side of

defence.

“They’ve got the same style, which you can imagine being

identical twins,” Kean said.

“(Marcus) plays higher but on the same side (as Martin) and that

will prove difficult for any right back when he sees one going

outside and one driving.

“He’s a fantastic athlete and fit in easily in a practice

match.”

Rovers host Newcastle at Ewood Park on Wednesday night having

only lost once in their last five league games, and Kean is

confident his side can get a result.

“We know Newcastle very well,” Kean said.

“We know they’re a team who could miss a few players (with the

African Nations Cup), but we’ve only lost one game in the last five

and we were unlucky we didn’t get a draw in that Stoke game.

“We went to the tough away games – Anfield, Old Trafford and

Everton, got points from that and managed to beat Fulham with 10

men.

“We’re in a good vein of form and we’re confident we can keep

the run going.

“If we can get fresh faces and people that are excited about

being here added to the ones we’re getting back, that will give us

a massive boost.”