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2 transfer dilemmas facing Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers as January looms



After a promising start to the season, Blackburn Rovers’ form has tailed off a little bit, although they got back to winning ways before the international break against Queens Park Rangers.

Tony Mowbray looks to have created an exciting attacking outfit at Ewood Park, although defensive frailties seem to remain an issue.

As the January transfer window creeps up on managers and owners alike though, there will be a few decisions Mowbray needs to take care of once 2021 rolls around.

And if there’s one player who is grabbing all the headlines right now, it’s the ‘Angel of the North’ – Adam Armstrong.

Cash-in on Adam Armstrong?

Armstrong is Rovers’ main source of goals, and has started the 2020/21 campaign on fire with 11 goals in 10 league outings.

That is a mammoth return and Premier League clubs will undoubtedly be circling for the rapid striker come January when the transfer window re-opens.

As everyone knows, COVID-19 has made things tough for football clubs with no income from matchdays, especially at Championship level where many clubs made losses every year even before the pandemic struck.

Premier League clubs still have the financial muscle though, and if a £15million offer or more comes in for Armstrong, Tony Mowbray and the Venkys will have a huge decision to make, especially if they feel that the kind of money they can get for the Newcastle United academy graduate will help to balance the books at Ewood Park.

Loan move for young star Tyrhys Dolan?

Rovers fans did not know much about Dolan when he arrived from rivals Preston North End in the summer, aside from a few exciting compilations that showed his flair and love for a trick.

Tony Mowbray quite quickly saw, though, that the pint-sized 18-year-old could make a real impact in the first-team, and he was lauded by fans as he netted in back-to-back Championship games against Wycombe Wanderers and Derby County.

However, the arrival of wonderkid Harvey Elliott from Liverpool has meant that Dolan has now dropped down to the bench after failing to make an impact in starts against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest.

It doesn’t look as though he’s going to get many more regular first-team opportunities for now due to the form of Elliott and Ben Brereton, so either a spell in the under-23 squad who play in the Premier League 2, or a loan move in January, could be the way to go with Dolan.

Bit-part performances will probably hamper his development, and a switch to a League One side for the rest of the season may do the attacker the world of good.

25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 2 transfer dilemmas facing Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers as January looms

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