Jack Rodwell is currently toying with the idea of staying at Ewood Park for another season, but is yet to make his mind up.
The centre-midfielder has had a mixed debut season for Blackburn; not playing as much as he would like, but still proving to be a valued member of the squad.
Rodwell has had a one-year-deal and has been offered an extension by Blackburn, as the Lancashire Telegraph reports.
Rodwell, 28, has played 21 Championship games for the club scoring one goal, says WhoScored. He has played a majority of the season at centre back for Blackburn, but has also played in his more recognisable defensive midfield position.
Tony Mowbray will be hoping for a resolution sooner rather than later so that he can source a replacement if Rodwell does wish to leave the club.
Rodwell has a tough call to make: does he stick with the security of playing occasionally for Blackburn or does he risk another move?
It’s a hard one. We’ve provided a list with two pros and two cons for Rodwell staying in Lancashire.
Despite his torrid time at Sunderland, Jack Rodwell is still an accomplished and experienced player with 166 Premier League appearances to his name.
That experience has got to be helpful around the squad and in the changing room.
While not being a starter for Blackburn this year he has proved to be a capable replacement who can be relied upon.
Mowbray also seems to get on well with Rodwell, if his comments to the Lancashire Telegraph are anything to go by.
He said: “I like Jack Rodwell as a human being, as a football his talent is unquestionable.
“He’ll want to know, ultimately, if he is going to play more in the team.
“That will come down to our recruitment, and to him, showing me the devilment he needs to find in his game to make sure he gets in the team.
“I have no problem with Jack being in and around our squad.
“If he forces his way in to the team and the team is winning then he will stay in the team.”
Rodwell’s ability to play centre half and centre midfield is probably the reason why he has been offered a new deal.
With this in mind, Blackburn may have to buy two players to replace Rodwell as an efficient back up to the first team.
1. He doesn’t really play
It’s surprising to see a renewed offer for Rodwell baring in mind the lack of minutes he’s had at Ewood Park.
After he was used to irregularly, it was anticipated that Blackburn would look elsewhere to find a replacement who might challenge the starting line-up more often.
Blackburn may have found more joy from exploring alternative back-up options, such as a younger player who could be on a tighter wage and have a realistic prospect of appearing for the first team in two or three years.
While Rodwell won’t be on anything near the riches he was infamously earning at Sunderland, he won’t be on peanuts.
Tied in with his lack of game time, you have to wonder whether the wages are justifiable on Rodwell, and whether they would be better off investing the money elsewhere.