Blackburn Rovers play ‘buy my ideas’, says Jon Dahl Tomasson

Jon Dahl Tomasson says Rovers’ perfect start to the season has helped to build confidence in the club’s project among players and fans alike.

Rovers secured three out of three league wins, their best start to a season since 1988/89, after beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

They remain the team with the only 100% record remaining ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Reading.

Tomasson says Rovers need to mix ambition with patience, especially after seeing a host of players leave in the summer and only three new signings arriving.

The squad was left bare by injuries, but strong team spirit and solidarity carried Rovers over the line, much to the head coach’s delight.

“I think you should always be very honest with the fans,” he said.

“They have a passion, they love the club and they are not stupid. They saw players coming in and players going out.

“That way it’s good because the belief is important, for the Rovers fans it’s important, but the players who have stuck with my ideas from day one.”

Tomasson is two months out of Rovers’ post, his side yet to taste defeat in their four competitive outings.

As well as nine points from nine in the league, they also progressed into the Carabao Cup with little ado, seeing off Hartlepool United.

When asked if the start had been better than he could have imagined, Tomasson replied: “I never thought about it.

“I enjoy every day at the club, every day on the pitch when we train because I see the development.

“If you want to get better you have to see the development, I see it.”

Rovers are on the lookout for new faces as they seek to bolster their squad ahead of the September 1 deadline.

Defense has always been a priority in the Rovers window, but so far only right-back Callum Brittain has arrived.

With Scott Wharton sidelined with a calf problem and set to miss at least two games, Rovers’ need to strengthen has become even more imperative.

Their bid to add Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg on loan is in the hands of his parent club who are also experiencing a dearth of defensive numbers and are keen to ensure they don’t go light on themselves.

It’s likely that Ash Phillips will have to shake off a cramp that saw his league debut cut short in the second half against West Brom to make the starting line-up against Reading tomorrow night.

Rovers central defensive target Sepp van den Berg was on the bench for Liverpool against Crystal Palace last night.

It comes as the Reds deal with similar defensive injuries to Rovers as both Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip were out against Palace with Joe Gomez not fit enough to start.



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