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2022/2023

Blackburn Rovers

In


Ethan Walker (att) Preston North End; Callum Brittain (def) Barnsley;

Out


Joe Rothwell (mid) (r) Bournemouth; Jan Paul van Hecke (def) (r) Brighton & Hove Albion - end of loan; Darragh Lenihan (def) (r) Middlesbrough; Harry Chapman (mid) Bradford City; Bradley Johnson (mid) (sp) MK Dons; Antonis Stergiakis (gk) Panetolikos; Ryan Nyambe (def) (r) Wigan Athletic; Jacob Davenport (mid) (sp) Released; Deyovaisio Zeefuik (def) (sp) Hertha Berlin - end of loan; Ryan Giles (mid) (sp) Wolverhampton Wanderers - end of loan; Ian Poveda (att) (sp) Leeds United - end of loan; Reda Khadra (att) (r) Brighton & Hove Albion - end of loan;

Following a slow start to the season, Blackburn enjoyed an excellent middle of the campaign to make an unexpected charge for promotion, before eventually tailing off and finishing very poorly. Several first-team players from last season have left upon the end of their loan spells or contracts, particularly in defence, leaving a huge revamp of the squad required. Brittain is the only senior player to join so far, whilst Jon Dahl Tomasson arrives in the dugout to replace the departed Tony Mowbray. Squad requires several new additions to compete this season, and Ben Brereton-Diaz's future is vital whilst the team learn the ideas of the new boss. Brereton-Diaz and Bradley Dack could form one of the deadliest strikeforces in the Championship, after the former returned from two long-term injuries towards the end of last season. A lack of numbers as things stand is a huge weakness, particularly in defence after numerous departures. Blackburn also possess a particularly young squad with little experience, whilst having a new manager that has not yet coached at this level before.

Target


A mid-table finish as the squad adjusts to the transitions this season - hugely revamped squad and a new playing style. Playoffs would be a huge ask again given last year would have been an overachievement had they been reached.

Season Review
2020/2021

№15: Blackburn Rovers

It's fair to say the 2020/21 season was a disappointment for Blackburn. A season which offered hope ended in poor fashion, as Rovers went from play-off contenders in the first half of the season, to relegation strugglers in the second half. Tony Mowbray set up an expansive and creative 4-3-3, which allowed the likes of Armstrong, Brereton, Gallagher and summer loan signing Elliott to thrive. It was clear to see that by February, the gruelling schedule and 100% intensity appeared to catch up, and there were signs of burnout amongst the squad which showed in their poor performances. Armstrong showed his quality throughout the season, and his final tally of 28 goals was 2nd highest in the league behind Ivan Toney's 31, an astonishing season for the talisman. The loan signing of Elliott was a masterstroke from Mowbray, as the 17 year-old thrived in the attacking and free-flowing set-up. It remains to be seen if Elliott will return to Blackburn next season. The biggest issue Rovers faced this season was their defence. Blackburn leaked goals (conceding 54) and it was the main reason they weren't able to keep their place in the top half. A key area for Mowbray to work on in pre-season. Overall, there are positive signs for Blackburn and if they can keep hold of the likes of Armstrong and Brereton, the building blocks are there for a brighter season in 2021/22.


Player of the Season: Adam Armstrong

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