Should they be going for the 'Arabian Messi'? - Blackburn Rovers targeting the wrong Abdulrahman

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Emer Abdulrahman is on his way to Ewood Park ... but should they be going for Omar Abdulrahman?

When I saw that Blackburn Rovers were on the verge of signing Emer Abdulrahman I got pretty excited.

Because I had heard that name before, even wrote an article on the lad, and began getting very excited at the prospect of the ‘Arabian Messi’ making his way to the Championship.

So I started reading about the deal.

Hang on … I could have sworn he was younger than 24-years-old.

Wait a minute? He plays for Al-Ain not Baniyas.

It was at that moment I realised my error … I had read the first name wrong.

Because Emer Abdulrahman and Omar Abdulrahman are two entirely different players.

I am sure Emer is a very talented, gifted individual; indeed he played alongside Omar in the 2012 Olympic games. But he is not as good as Omar.

Every country has their own Messi at the moment and in the United Arab Emirates that tag is with Abdulrahman.

So why are Blackburn and others not after the more illustrious of the name-sakes?

The attacking midfielder is certainly hot property, this time last year he was on trial at Manchester City; and Arsenal, Barcelona and Hamburg were all also linked with the talismanic maestro.

He then went on to have an incredible 2012-13 season in the UAE Pro-League.

He completed the clean sweep at last season’s award ceremony; winning Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Year.

Considering the teams being touted with a move for the effervescent 21-year-old it would indeed be very surprising to see Blackburn manage to bring him in; however he is expected to one day join Manchester City so a spell on loan in Lancashire playing regular football might actually be the perfect move logically; but when did football deal with logic.

With Emer at the club as well he would have an international team-mate and friend so there could be a chance for an Ewood Park dream still.

But overall I am just trying to highlight the talented Saudi-born player who is surely destined to one day play in Europe.

And I just hope it is in England.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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