After handing ex-Aston Villa Nathan Delfouneso an extended trial, Lancashire club Blackburn Rovers have signed the former Premier League youngster on a one-year contract following his release by Blackpool in May. The former England U21 man had loan spells at Burnley, Leicester and Coventry having failed to nail down a regular slot in the Aston Villa squad. The 24-year old scored in a pre-season friendly against Oldham in a game that was held up by a bee infestation around one of the goalposts of a temporary set of warm-up goals.

With teams looking out for that bargain player, Blackburn might have been tempted by his Premier League and England U-21 pedigree as they seek to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2015/16 Championship season and their own personal opening game against Wolves. In signing for Rovers, the ex-Aston Villa man becomes Blackburn’s fourth signing of the summer transfer period.

As with any signing, a good place to gauge fan opinion is through social media with Twitter usually the place where this is often the best gauge.

Delfouneso becomes a Rover – Twitter returns opinion

From Rovers fans expressing gladness at signing a Premier League experience player…

…to some urging guarded caution.

Some fans are deleriously joyous…

…and the joyous excitement knows no bounds in some places.

https://twitter.com/ZaidGulma/status/629293699319603200

Despite Blackburn’s announcement, some fans aren’t convinced…

https://twitter.com/lthornley1/status/629293290987331588

…whilst others are hoping that the new signing has packed his bags correctly for his Rovers’ stay.

Some simply are not convinced in the slightest.

With the loss of Rudy Gestede to Delfouneso’s old team Aston Villa, Blackburn could be said to be in the market for a replacement up front. In signing Delfouneso it could be that Blackburn are hoping that they are gaining a diamond in the rough and that gentle polishing may leave him gleaming. Their fans, however, seem a little undecided at his signing if the evidence from Twitter is anything to go by.

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