Sam Allardyce seals Mame Biram Diouf loan


Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has successfully managed to bolster his strikeforce by landing the Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf on a season-long loan arrangement.

The 22-year-old Senegal international moved to Old Trafford from Norwegian side Molde just over 12 months ago and made six appearances from the substitute's bench for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. He previously netted 33 goals in 75 games for Molde.

Meanwhile, Allardyce has vowed not to rush Phil Jones too fast. The teenager has already broken in to Rovers' first team, but the Blackburn boss has promised to make sure he does not use him too often at this early stage in his career.

He said:"Phil is 18 and you have to take into account the delicate state of his body. He has not matured into an adult yet. When you are playing in the top league in the world it can be a huge risk if he is overplayed.

"The perfect example is Michael Owen. Liverpool overplayed him at 18. All of a sudden he is riddled with hamstring injuries and despite only being 30 he is now struggling to recapture the form from when he was 21. We have to guard against that."

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