Big Sam highlights wage gap

Indian poultry giant Venky’s are expected to complete a takeover of

the Ewood Park club next month, but chairperson Anuradha J Desai

revealed earlier this week just £5million will be made

available for players. Allardyce admits he has had to rely heavily

on the likes of 18-year-old Phil Jones, Steven Nzonzi, 21, and

Martin Olsson, 22, this season rather than on bringing in big-name

signings because of financial constraints. And that has perhaps

told in the club’s position in the Premier League, where they lie

fourth from bottom with nine points from nine games ahead of

tomorrow’s visit of leaders Chelsea. “We’ve benefited greatly from

the youth element at Blackburn,” said the former Bolton and

Newcastle boss. “Life is difficult as it is. Without them it would

be even more difficult with the financial problems which we’ve had

to resolve in my time here. “We’ve made a big profit on transfers

which hasn’t been reinvested in new players – it’s had to secure

the club financially. So youth is the name of the game and of

course with youth you get inconsistency so you have to be even more

patient. “The vast sums of money that are coming in at the top end

of the game are stretching the rest of the sides to try to get as

much benefit out of what finance they’ve got and get the best

players they can find for that finance. “But I think that there’s a

big factor that’s sneaked in that’s made it that much more

difficult and it’s not transfer fees – it’s wages. “They are

astronomically high and have now made it very difficult to even

take a very talented free transfer today which is what the norm

would be for Blackburn Rovers in the past, or a small fee with good

wages. “Now astronomical wages are making it very difficult to take

somebody who might not even have a transfer fee attached to them,

because of the net value that they want and the net value that

they’re worth. “And they know if you don’t give it to them somebody

else will.” Allardyce has also had to watch potential stars

identified by the club’s scouts get snapped up by other teams. “The

scouting system has been hugely frustrated this summer because

we’ve had lots and lots of players we’ve been unable to secure

because of the finances and they have gone on to very good clubs

indeed,” he added. Blackburn’s chief problem this season has been

scoring goals – they have managed just six from their own players

in nine league games this season, with the other two they have

scored being own goals – and Allardyce admits that is unlikely to

change any time soon. “It really does lie with all the players on

the field equalling the goals out between them,” he said. “We have

to rely on everybody to try to score a goal rather than just your

front-liners because our front-liners, I believe, will not score

the sort of goal ratio that’s needed if nobody else is scoring. “If

you look at our goals scored scenario it’s slightly less than one

goal a game so it doesn’t take me or anybody long to work out what

needs to be done. “We need to win a lot of games 1-0 in this league

because we’re on average not capable of scoring more than one goal

a game.” Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen are set to return to the

centre of the Blackburn defence against Chelsea. Samba will come

back in to the side after missing last weekend’s defeat to

Liverpool at Anfield through suspension. Nelsen, who has been

missing with a thigh injury, trained with the squad yesterday and

will return provided he suffers no adverse reaction. Jason Roberts

is also back in full training, but midfielders Nzonzi and Vince

Grella are out with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.