McCarthy eyeing Ewood Park exit
Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy is hoping Rovers will allow him to
leave the club during the upcoming January transfer window.
The South African striker has grown increasingly
disillusioned with life at Ewood Park of late and feels the time is
right to take on a fresh challenge.
The final straw came during Monday’s 2-2 draw with
Sunderland, when he was booed from the field on being substituted.
McCarthy has since been called in for early morning fitness
training by Rovers boss Sam Allardyce and admits he is no longer
prepared to put up with the unfair treatment.
“Enough’s enough, I feel I’ve been stepped on too much and
it’s best I go,”
McCarthy said in the Daily Mail. “I feel I’m being singled
out unfairly. I wasn’t any worse than the other lads, yet I’m the
only one on duty from that game (against Sunderland) being asked to
come in at 7am.
“Yes, I admit I’ve had issues with hitting the weight targets
the manager has set and that’s my fault, but I put 100 per cent in
on the pitch and always try my hardest. It seems I’m being punished
more than others.”
McCarthy, who joined Blackburn from Porto in 2006, is keen to
stay in the Premier League and hopes a New Year switch elsewhere
will help to keep his World Cup dreams alive. The 32-year-old
frontman added: “I’d like to stay in England. This is a great
“I’m just unhappy with my situation and need to feel wanted
again. I’m not getting any younger but I know I can still make an
“This is a very big year for me. To come from South Africa
and have the chance to play for my country in the World Cup is
“I can’t risk that by playing the odd game here and there for
Blackburn. I need to play and I hope they will allow me to fulfil
“They got me for next to nothing and they’ve had a good
return with more than 50 goals in about 130 games.
“Hopefully they won’t ask an unreasonable fee and let me go
when the window opens.”