Blackburn Club Focus – Hoilett could earn a big move by keeping Rovers up

Canadian winger Junior Hoilett, one of Blackburn Rovers’ few success stories under manager Steve Kean, looks set to leave Ewood Park this summer. The highly-rated 21-year-old has been linked with the likes of Bolton, Stoke, Tottenham, Liverpool and most recently, in the Daily Mirror, German giants Bayern Munich. Where Hoilett will eventually end up however depends on how good his performances are in a Rovers shirt for the remainder of this tough campaign.

Hoilett’s contract with the Lancashire outfit will expire in the summer, meaning that he would be able to quit the club on a free transfer. Given that he is under the age of 23 however, Rovers would be entitled to some compensation from Hoilett’s potential new employer. Should he seal a switch to another English top-flight team, Rovers will expect to clinch millions of pounds in compensation. If Hoilett opts to move to Bayern Munich however, then the former Premier League champions would be entitled to less than £700,000.

The truth is that as things stand, Hoilett is not performing to the level needed to earn that glamorous move to the German outfit and compete with international superstars such as Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery for a place in the starting line-up. The talented youngster was tipped for big things when he scored five crucial goals to help keep Rovers in the Premier League last season. While he has three goals to his name so far this term, the last of those strikes came back in November during the frantic 3-3 draw with local rivals Wigan. Hoilett also last claimed an assist in December, as Rovers slipped to defeat against Bolton. The Canadian attacking midfielder will have to be more consistent as Blackburn look to beat the drop once again.

The tricky winger has the chance to find some form as Steve Kean’s side prepare to face fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Ewood Park this weekend. The Londoners recently parted company with manager Neil Warnock, replacing him with former Rovers boss Mark Hughes. Since then, the Welshman has splashed the cash and added real quality to his team, bringing in defenders Taye Taiwo and Nedum Onuoha as well as experienced strikers Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora. While Kean signed three players of his own, much-maligned owners Venky’s gave the Scotsman just a fraction of the money Hughes was able to spend.

It will be interesting to see how QPR fare in Lancashire on Saturday. Should Hughes’ side win, then it would come as a huge blow to Kean and would suggest that the visitors were right to gamble by both appointing a new manager and allowing him to spend big money in January.

Rovers still have Hoilett on their books however, and the Canadian youngster is more than capable of giving QPR’s defence a real headache. The winger is likely to move on at the end of the season, but he has to earn a big move. Should Hoilett impress over the coming months and help to keep Rovers in the top-flight, the likes of Bayern Munich and Spurs will be eager to snap him up. If he fails to up his game, then a move to Bolton or Stoke could be on the cards. The 21-year-old’s future is very much in his own hands.

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