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Blackburn boss Hughes happy with striker headache

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes believes the joy of six forwards this season is a bonus not a headache.

New signings Roque Santa Cruz and Maceo Rigters will have to fight for a place against Benni McCarthy, Jason Roberts, Matt Derbyshire and Paul Gallagher.

Hughes insists he is not worried about the competition for places.

He said: "I am not concerned about keeping them happy - they have to keep me happy.

"They do that by playing well and if they are not in the team by performing in training.

"All the Premier League teams have four strikers - I have five top-quality ones and I am happy with that. That does not mean one is going to go before the end of the month, absolutely not.

"It gives me great options about varying our approach and that's what I want.

"You have got to have strength in depth, it is a strong league and Europe will make another demand on us."

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