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Formica likened to a legend

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has raised expectation surrounding new signing Mauro Formica by likening the forward to Gabriel Batistuta.

Formica joined on transfer deadline day from Newell's Old Boys and Kean said on Monday that he was "a typical Argentinian with a bit of fight and a bit of devilment in him".

Ahead of his side's clash with Tottenham on Wednesday, Kean has gone a step further by mentioning Formica in the same breath as an Argentina legend. Batistuta graced Serie A with Fiorentina, Roma and Inter Milan and scored a stunning 299 goals in his club career, while his record for the national side reads 56 goals from 78 appearances.

"He has come across from one of the biggest clubs in Argentina and is one of the best young players in the country," Kean said. "He has been called into an Argentina squad for a friendly.

"He has been likened to a young Batistuta and I think he has that in the locker as well."

Rovers also snapped up Ruben Rochina from Barcelona and Kean feels it shows that Blackburn mean business in the Premier League.

He said: "To also sign Ruben from the Barcelona school, and for us to get players from those types of clubs - it shows it is going to be an exciting time ahead for the club."


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