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Wat next for Kabba & the Duke?

After the shock decision from Simon Grayson to up sticks at Blackpool and take the ill-fated managers seat at Leeds AND Paul Jewell`s resignation at Derby, VitalWatford wonder just what the future looks like for the on-loan pair of Steve Kabba and Nathan Ellington.

What with Priskin`s sudden fine form, the 'will he, won`t he saga` surrounding Rasiak and the coming of age of Liam Henderson, you`d be forgiven for forgetting all about Kabba at Bloomfield Road and the Duke at Derby…

After all, their league goalscoring accolades have hardly set the Championship alight. So what does the future hold for the pair?

Well, Ellington was billed as the gem in Paul Jewell`s crown when he arrived under a fanfare of excitement at Pride Park in the summer on a year long loan deal. Nathan said he was returning to work with his favourite mentor. Jewell reckoned only he could get Duke back to his goalscoring best…

Yet despite single handedly shooting the Rams to a Carling Cup semi-final date with Man Utd (6 goals in 4 ties), the Duke`s league stats are simply appalling - just 3 goals in 26 outings.

Ok, admittedly Jewell had kept the faith with his favoured striker but with Hulse back to fitness, Villa playing and scoring at every opportunity and now Luke Varney (on loan from Charlton) in the mix, Derby are well equipped with firepower.

Ellington has made it clear he is desperate to stay at Pride Park and has promised "goals, goals, goals" (where have we heard that before) but the Rams new gaffer is highly unlikely to want to hold on to 2 loan strikers permanently - and Varney for me is the better of the two.

As for Steve Kabba then, well he`s due to return to WD18 next month when his 6-month spell at the seaside with Blackpool expires….but the future`s not particularly 'orange` for the former Palace and Sheffield United striker either.

He started the season on fire up north and Grayson was praising him left, right and indeed down the centre. There was plenty of talk out of the Blackpool that they wanted to secure him permanently as soon as possible and the tangerine fans were desperate to keep him.

But in true Kabba form he`s gone right off the boil and 2 goals in 17 games makes him another that may well be considered surplus to requirements by a new gaffer. Bit part roles in the last few games (under caretaker Tony Parkes, who wants the job full time) could spell the end of his love affair with the seaside.

Kabba`s cause mind you isn`t helped by a young loanee by the name of Liam Dickinson - and the young Derby striker will also be one that Ellington might want to watch as well.

Dickinson is scoring goals for fun at Bloomfield Road after joining from Derby and 4 goals in 5 Championship games is sure to make him a 'must have` at Blackpool as well as catch the eye of an new Derby boss be it Nigel Clough or Billy Davies.

And the simple truth is Watford simply can`t afford for the Duke or Kabba to return to Vicarage Road long term so both face an uncertain future.

Rodgers insists he wants a frontman that 'can change a game` and has been linked with a host of Premier League talisman such as Ben Sahar (Chelsea) and Jay Simpson (Arsenal) who will be available on loan in January.

As much as the front pair would indeed most likely flourish with the ball now being played into feet under Rodgers, wages make them an unviable option unless the Hornets see some serious injections of cash before August.




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Date:Tuesday December 30 2008

Time: 11:07AM

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