Don’t normally put stock in transfer rumors, but it’s a slow week and this story has legs.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean expects the green light to bid for unhappy Fulham striker Andy Johnson on Wednesday – and make him one of the first signings of the winter transfer window.
Kean is due to meet Rovers director Vineeth Rao on his return from a summit with owners Venky’s to secure the cash to carry out the £2million swoop.
I’ll just go on record and pronounce that Andy Johnson is definitely leaving next month (unlike Bobby Zamora whose status with the club is slowly entering the Tyson Zone*). Perhaps to Blackburn, perhaps somewhere else. He’s out of contract in the summer and will test the market in January. Let’s just accept it and move on.
He hasn’t been a bust, but certainly not worth the 10 or 12 or however many millions of pounds spent on it due to his constant injuries. Just look at the stats:
- 2008/09: 31 appearances, 7 goals [+3 in FA Cup vs Sheffield Wed., and Kettering Town]
- 2009/10: 8 appearances (17%) 0 goals
- 2010/11: 27 appearances (45%), 3 goals
- 2011/12: 14 appearances (53%), 3 goals [all vs QPR; +8 goals in Europa Qual/Group]
Now goals aren’t the be all and end all, but those percentages in relation to goals are a bit disappointing. For instance, Diomansy Kamara played in just 15% of last season’s league minutes but scored twice (and a hat trick in that one FA Cup match). In 2009/10 it was 13% and one goal. In 2008/09, he featured in just 12% yet scored 4 goals, along with 2 goals in 3 Europa League games.
I won’t go any further as Rich penned a wonderful piece about him back in October. So go read that (he even compares AJ with Kamara. Hmm).
It wasn’t a terrible investment by any means. Nor a “bad” one. Just one you had higher hopes for, and now it’s time to move on.
But, I’d hope for more than just £2m, no?
(*He could stay, go, or come down from the stands mid-game and punch Jol in the face on the touch line and none would surprise me. And pardon the Bill Simmons reference, I’m lazy; much like his writing in the past 5 or so years).