Blackburn Rovers captain Ryan Nelsen is backing Roque Santa Cruz to be a huge hit at Ewood Park.

The Paraguay striker has joined Rovers from Bayern Munich and Nelsen has been hugely impressed by the 25-year-old.

Nelsen said: "I'm just happy when he is on my team in training because he is a pain in the neck to tell the truth.

"He's so bloody good, he's big, he's quick and he's skilful. He has been a great signing.

"He's a really nice guy, he works hard and he's just what a Blackburn player should be.

"I don't want to put extra pressure on him but he's an extremely good player and I'm sure he will prove to be very successful in the Premier League."