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Nelsen applauds Santa Cruz impact

Roque Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz has won over 50 caps for Paraguay (Getty)

Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen believes striker Roque Santa Cruz can go on to become an even better player.

The Paraguay international, who joined Rovers from Bayern Munich last summer, scored his 20th goal during the weekend draw with Manchester United.

"People say when foreigners come for the first year it's tough," Nelsen told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"He's found it tough scoring only 20. Hopefully next year he'll score 30," he wryly added.

Our manager brings players in on the cheap and they do exceptionally well

Ryan Nelsen

Nelsen admitted he is not worried the 26-year-old, who Rovers signed for 3.8million, could become a target for other clubs.

"That's what you have to fight all the time because Blackburn players do generally well," said Nelsen.

"Our manager brings players in on the cheap and they do exceptionally well.

"But it's a great club to play for and if you talk to a lot of players who've left Blackburn they probably regret it."

Following the weekend game with Manchester United at Ewood Park, Nelsen accepts qualifying for the Uefa Cup via the Intertoto competition is now out of their hands.

"The next three games are now so important. It means the season won't die out and we need to get three wins. So it's just another goal to go for," he added.


see also
Santa Cruz seals Blackburn move
28 Jul 07 |  Blackburn Rovers
Paraguay star fit to face England
01 Jun 06 |  Paraguay
Wigan 5-3 Blackburn
15 Dec 07 |  Premier League


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