It looks set to be a long summer for Blackburn Rovers.
With Tony Mowbray’s side stumbling towards the end of the season on the pitch, and a long lost of players out of contract off it, there are going to be a number of issues to address at Ewood Park when the campaign comes to a close.
The summer transfer window will of course give Blackburn the opportunity to replace some of those players, but it will also present a few nerves for the club, given there are going to be certain players they will be desperate to keep at the club if possible.
Here, we’ve taken a look a two transfer scenarios that Rovers will surely be desperate to avoid once the transfer market reopens.
The departure of Adam Armstrong
Given the level of Premier League interest there appears to be in Armstrong, with a number of clubs seemingly keen on the 24-year-old, it is going to be tricky for Rovers to hold on to the striker, but they will surely be desperate to do so if at all possible.
Armstrong has been a key player for Blackburn once again this season, netting a hugely impressive 21 league goals since the start of the campaign, a return made all the more remarkable by the fact his side are 16th in the Championship table with just two wins in their last 17.
Indeed, if Armstrong does leave the club this summer, then it is going to leave Rovers with a major goalscoring void to fill, something which would be essential given the club’s next highest goalscorer this season, Sam Gallagher, has just seven to his, although bringing in a striker of Armstrong’s quality will not be easy, meaning the club would surely rather just keep him at Ewood Park if at all possible.
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Interest in Thomas Kaminski
One of the more positive points of an otherwise underwhelming season at Ewood Park, has been the arrival of goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski.
Having joined from Belgian top-flight side Gent back in the summer transfer window, Kaminski has been a vast improvement on his immediate predecessors between the posts, with everything from his command of his penalty area to his shot-stopping.
It would be no surprise if that was to have caught the attention of others in recent months, and given he was playing Europa League football just last season, you could understand it if he was to feel he could compete higher than Rovers’ current league position. That could put Blackburn under pressure given he only signed a two-year deal last summer – albeit with the option to extend by a further 12 months – which may leave them facing the daunting task of having to find a new number one for the third summer running should it happen.