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2021/2022

Blackburn Rovers

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Amari Bell (sp) (def) - Luton Town, Lewis Holtby (r) (mid) - Released, Corry Evans (sp) (mid) - Sunderland, Elliot Bennett (r) (mid) - Shrewsbury Town, Charlie Mulgrew (sp) (def) - Dundee United, Stewart Downing (sp) (mid) - Released, Brad Lyons (sp) (def) - Kilmarnock, Harvey Elliott (r) (mid) - Liverpool (end of loan), Tom Trybull (sp) (mid) - Norwich City (end of loan)

After a good start to the 2020/21 season, Blackburn tailed off in 2021 which can be down to the amount of injuries suffered throughout the campaign. Blackburn have not brought in any new faces thus far over the summer, which will certainly worry supporters after losing the likes of Elliott, Evans, Holtby, and Bell in the off-season. This will leave holes to fill in a squad which does not have a lot of strength in depth. Adam Armstrong was without a doubt Blackburn's star player last season, and, with the striker heavily linked with a move away, this could create tension within the camp as Tony Mowbray's squad could do without losing their key man ahead of the Championship slog. With Blackburn left with a core of the same players, expect Tony Mowbray to set his side up in a similar attacking fluid 4-3-3 we saw for largely throughout the 2020/21 season. With the likes of Sam Gallagher and Tyrhys Dolan expected to play more of a main role this season. If there is one thing Tony Mowbray's Blackburn side are renowned for, it's scoring goals and producing an attacking threat. Expect more of the same this season, particularly if Armstrong continues to lead the line. Defence was an area in which Mowbray will want to have improved, but will need to make do with the same core of defenders he had at his disposal last season. Can the veteran manager change Rovers' defensive fortunes?

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Mid-Table. A lack of new signings, coupled with losing some important first team players over the off-season means Blackburn will likely settle for mid-table security in the upcoming season.

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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