In focus: Junior Hoilett

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It would appear to only be a matter of time until Junior Hoilett leaves Ewood Park for pastures new, with his Blackburn contract set to expire at the end of the season.

With this in mind, the 21-year-old seeming is attracting plenty of attention, and has been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks.

But would Hoilett be able to make the transition from Premier League strugglers to a side with ambitions of European glory? GMF assesses the Canadian forward…


Although he is a player of immense potential, perhaps the most appealing thing about Hoilett to would be suitors will be his availability on a free transfer.

Reports suggest that the young forward will not renew his contract with Blackburn, regardless of whether or not they retain their Premier League status come May.

It is rare that such a highly regarded prospect becomes available for nothing, and it would seem that he may have his pick of destinations in the summer.

Hoilett, meanwhile, has impressed watching scouts with his pace and trickery for Rovers this season, and is similar in that sense to Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, the Canada international also possesses versatility and can play on either flank, behind the striker or as a lone frontman.

He has most frequently occupied the left-hand side for Blackburn this term, which can partly be attributed to his application when tasked with tracking the opposition winger.


One clear improvement that Hoilett will need to make if he is to raise his game to the next level will be providing a greater goal threat.

In 26 appearances in all competitions this season, he has found the net on only three occasions, albeit in a side which has struggled for goals collectively.

Hoilett's must also raise his standards when it comes to passing and crossing, with the 21-year-old prone to wasting the ball when his side have gained good territory.

The temptation to dribble past players when in possession can also get the better of him, and he often lacks maturity when the ball is at his feet.

This may also point towards why he has failed to cement his place in any one position this season, having occupied no fewer than six different roles for Steve Kean's side over the course of the campaign.


Hoilett is a player with undoubted potential and, aged only 21, his best years are certainly ahead of him - and will seeming be away from Ewood Park.

He possesses craft and trickery and also has pace - a highly valued commodity in today's transfer market - in abundance.

With his contract set to expire in the summer, Hoilett's availability for free makes him a risk free acquisition for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham - all of whom have the ability to get the best of go him.

Still rough around the edges, Hoilett could progress into a fine goalscorer with the right nurturing, although he is yet to find his most suited role.

Could move into the centre more frequently as his career progresses, similarly to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

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