Liam Hoden’s Verdict: Boom or bust gamble for Doncaster Rovers?

Mali international Mahamadou Diarra has been linked with Doncaster Rovers.
Mali international Mahamadou Diarra has been linked with Doncaster Rovers.

WHO ever imagined Doncaster Rovers would be the subject of so much headline-grabbing speculation?

WHO ever imagined Doncaster Rovers would be the subject of so much headline-grabbing speculation?

That little old Doncaster would be linked with international players who have previously commanded tens of millions of pounds in transfer fees?

The Carlos Tevez link was one step too far and brought ridicule to Rovers when they were genuinely trying to do something innovative.

But his name was the only one linked that there was never a chance of doing business with.

The Mahamadou Diarra and El Hadji Diouf links were 100 per cent legitimate and both are not entirely dead.

As I have wrote here previously, there has been a major shift in philosophy at the Keepmoat and it would not surprise me if this new approach was eventually adopted by other clubs looking to make an impact in the Championship who cannot rival Leicester City’s wallet in terms of size.

Rovers have effectively set their stall out as a potential shop window for out of contract and out of favour players.

Come to the Keepmoat for a few months, impress and resurrect your career.

It might be second tier football at Rovers but there will be plenty of eyes on you because of your name.

Clubs such as Stoke who looked at Diarra in the summer, clearly thought his signing would be too much of a gamble.

Rovers are presenting them with the chance to take a look at him over a couple of months.

You can certainly see the attraction for Rovers as they get the services of an international standard player for a few months without breaking the bank.

These players are proving keen to forgo a few months of their usual standard of pay to give their careers a shot in the arm.

But you have to worry about what sort of dressing room will be left behind when they are gone.

What about those players who have been pushed out of the side who are suddenly called upon again.

Rovers have thrived on a good team spirit over the last few years.

This new approach is making a serious gamble with the levy being the club’s team spirit.

It could prove to be the most successful move Rovers ever make, or it could so very easily be one of the worst.