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‘A step down in class’ – Blackburn Rovers fan pundit underwhelmed by latest transfer links

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…

Football League World’s Blackburn Rovers fan pundit Neil McDonald says the potential arrival of Oxford United goalkeeper Simon Eastwood would be met with disappointment.

Sky Sports News reported the links on Monday as Tony Mowbray continues to target two new shot-stoppers following the departure of David Raya this summer with the former Rovers man on the list of candidates.

“Reports of the potential re-signing of Simon Eastwood have come a little bit out of the blue,” the regular punter told Football League World.

“But it is not one that will excite Blackburn supporters, considering he was second or third choice during his previous spell with the club.

“Despite Eastwood performing admirably when he was given a chance between the sticks during his last stint at Ewood, his signing would not be the experienced goalkeeper many of the club’s fans were hoping for.”

Last season saw the 30-year-old rack-up 34 League One appearances in his third campaign since leaving Ewood Park in the summer of 2016.

With first-choice Raya having completed a move to Championship rivals Brentford, and Charlie Albinson also departing, Mowbray is keen to strengthen his options with two new stoppers.

Brighton’s Christian Walton is reportedly nearing a move to the club, according to Sky Sports, so there is sure to be competition, but does McDonald think Eastwood has what it takes to step-up to the first-team?

“David Raya was well thought of as well as highly-rated,” he said.

“It is still a little surprising Tony Mowbray let the Spaniard leave without an obvious replacement lined up.

“Though Eastwood has performed well in League One for Oxford United his signing would be seen as a step down in class from Raya.

“It looks as though the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Christian Walton will be announced shortly, however it would be good to see a more experienced keeper being brought to the club.

“Scott Carson and Fraser Forster have been linked and would fit that bill but their wage demands could prove prohibitive.”

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