Who Wants Chris Samba?

Wantaway star Christopher Samba will be one of the most sought-after Premier League stars during today’s transfer window deadline day.

The Blackburn Rovers captain has been seeking a transfer request all month and has not played for Rovers since pulling a sickie before their 3-1 victory over Fulham on January 14.

The Congolese centre back has insisted he wants to play for a club with more ambition. Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Paris Saint-Germain have all been heavily linked with the 6’4″ giant this month.

Blackburn Rovers have been demanding more money for their star player with QPR’s recent estimated bid of £6.5 million being rejected.

Chris Samba is one of the highest-rated centre backs in the Premier League currently, and here are some of his stats for the past three and a half seasons in a Rovers shirt:

2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Games Started 35 30 33 16
Minutes Played 3,049 2,597 2,839 1,350
Yellow Cards 4 4 3 2
Red Cards 0 1 1 0
Clean Sheets 8 10 8 0
Goals Conceded 55 35 44 31
Goals Conceded per Game 1.57 1.17 1.33 1.94
Ground 50-50’s Win % 61% 66% 64% 65%
Minutes per Ground 50-50 7.4 7.59 9.4 12.98
Aerial 50-50 Win % 67% 74% 69% 70%
Minutes per Aerial 50-50 16.05 14.76 16.22 24.11
Tackles Attempted 78 60 49 17
Tackle Success Rate 71.79% 66.67% 73.47% 76.47%
Minutes per Tackle 39 43 58 79
Interceptions 58 61 79 29
Dribbled Past 15 13 6 6
Defensive Errors 1 4 1 0
Loss of Possession 0 0 4 2
Open Play Pass Completion % 69% 63% 64% 77%
Goals 2 4 4 2
Minutes per Goal 1,525 649 710 675

Queens Park Rangers are 2/5 favourites with Sky Bet to purchase Samba today. Tottenham come in at 5/1 second favourites, whilst the rest of the field are long shots. Arsenal and Sunderland 20/1, whilst PSG are out as far as 33/1.

Data provided by Opta Sports.

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