Plessis link to Rovers

French star: Damien Plessis, right, for Liverpool in a friendly against Thailand in Bangkok in 2009.'    Picture: Steye taylor

French star: Damien Plessis, right, for Liverpool in a friendly against Thailand in Bangkok in 2009.' Picture: Steye taylor

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FORMER Liverpool midfielder Damien Plessis is the latest player to be linked with Doncaster Rovers.

Reports emanating from Greece say that the 23-year-old, currently with Panathinaikos, is being lined up for a move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

A loan deal has been set up with Plessis looking to get back into the Premier League having been unable to made a major breakthrough when he was at Liverpool as a promising youngster.

Meanwhile Dean Saunders reckons that Rovers are becoming harder to play against.

As he prepares the side for their away double header at Christmas, starting with Burnley at Turf Moor on Boxing Day (3pm), Saunders claims he is starting to see evidence that Rovers - who suffered four defeats in five games recently - are proving more difficult opposition.

“We are getting more and more of a team ethic about us and we are now harder to play against,” says the Rovers manager.

“It’s about getting all the players to buy into what we are trying to do, the formula we are striving to create.

“It becomes a lot more difficult (to create that formula) when you have got players on loan but if you get players of the quality we have on loan then that helps with the formula as well.” With wins over two of the strongly-fancied sides, Southampton and Leicester, sandwiching a narrow, late defeat at Birmingham, Saunders is entitled to suggest that the signs of improvement are clear.

He knows that Rovers now need to improve on their record away from home which has brought just two wins and nine defeats.

They haven’t drawn an away game and with Burnley not having drawn home or away for 16 matches, the respective records indicate it won’t be a draw on Monday. Then again, football has a nasty habit of going against the grain!

Burnley manager Eddie Howe, the Championship’s youngest manager, says he isn’t fooled by Rovers’ position in the bottom three - and has probably backed up Saunders’ view as he looked ahead to the clash.

“Doncaster have definitely improved their results,” said Howe.

“They have brought in a lot of players in a short period of time and it has taken a little while for them to find their feet.

“They appear to have settled down and beating a good side like Leicester City is no mean feat and shows that we will be in for a hard game.”

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