Rovers finalise 21-man Prem squad

With the summer transfer window having slammed shut on Tuesday,

clubs had until 5pm on Wednesday to make their selections. They had

to adhere to new rules regarding home-grown players, with eight

players who have been affiliated to the English or Welsh FA for

three seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday having to

be included. Rovers have had no problem sticking to those

guidelines, with Sam Allardyce confident he has the quality at his

disposal to push for a top-half finish again this term. Among those

he has called upon this season are new signings Mame Biram Diouf

and Benjani, who will be hoping to bring a cutting edge to

Blackburn’s attack. Experienced frontman Jason Robert is also

included despite being informed that he was free to leave the club

this summer if he could put a suitable deal in place. As clubs can

call upon an unlimited amount of players under the age of 21, the

likes of Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett will also be available to

Allardyce this season. Blackburn squad: Paul Robinson, Martin

Olsson, Chris Samba, Gael Givet, Ryan Nelsen, Brett Emerton, David

Dunn, Nikola Kalinic, El-Hadji Diouf, Vince Grella, Morten Gamst

Pedersen, Mark Bunn, Steven Nzonzi, Keith Andrews, Michel Salgado,

Jason Brown, Frank Fielding, Pascal Chimbonda, Mame Biram Diouf,

Jason Roberts, Benjani.