What options lie North of the border ?

Friday, 12 May 2023

Players playing their trade in Scotland that could be on Rovers radar…

 The Scottish Premier League is full of talent, and many of those players would be extremely useful players for teams in the Championship. However, due to budgetary pressures, a lot of the best players in Scotland wouldn't be realistic signings for Rovers. Although some of the league's best performers may be targets for JDT's side, signing them and accommodating them in the Rovers' wage structure will not be that easy.


Luís Henrique Barros Lopes, otherwise known as Duk, is a Portuguese striker who plays for Aberdeen. He has been an influential part of the side this season and is often involved when Aberdeen score, both scoring and providing for his teammates. The Lisbon-born forward is a fast and skilful player who knows how to get fans out of their seats. He is no stranger to acrobatic and impressive finishes, as well as being able to deploy goals from set pieces. Although he is only 5’9” , he is impressive in the air, and often scores headers both from open play and from corners / free kicks. His trickery and speed means that he can be deployed on both the left hand side and up top. Drifting into space wherever he plays. The 23 year-old joined the Dons in July from Benfica and has impressed the Aberdeen faithful. He played several campaigns for Benfica B, but this season is his first season in a senior side, so being as prolific as he has been in this campaign is very impressive and is the sign of the start of a promising and exciting career. A fairly youthful player who would fit in the JDT project well and would  prove a great addition to the ranks. 


Another forward man making a trade in Scotland is 26 year-old Kevin Nisbet. The Hibernian striker has returned to the side mid-way through the season (November) following a ruptured cruciate ligament injury. He returned to the side in fine, firing form scoring eight in his first seven games of the season. The Scotsman is enjoying one of his most prolific seasons despite missing a large portion of the season. Entering the prime of his footballing-life, a move to England could really positively influence the remainder of his career. As well as ensuring he gains a consistent spot in the Scottish national side, where he has made ten appearances scoring once. With a year left on his contract, it would be a smart time to pick him up. 


Leighton Clarkson was subject to a disappointing loan spell with Rovers in the 2021/22 campaign but since then he has blossomed in a fantastic loan spell at Aberdeen. Impressing with his array of playmaking and his ability to strike from distance. Rovers fans will remember him as a lightweight midfielder who struggled to take any game by the scruff of the neck, but he really seems to be making a name for himself now. Whether it's another loan deal or a permanent move, I think he is a player that should be on Rovers radar. The 21 year-old would again fit the project that Tomasson is building at Rovers, he obviously wouldn’t provide the experience that the side is crying out for, but he would be a good coup nevertheless. 


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