It’s fair to say Bradley Dack has been a remarkable servant for Blackburn Rovers during his time at the club.
Having made the move to Ewood Park from Gillingham for a reported £750,000 in the summer of 2017, Dack scored 18 goals during his debut season with Rovers, winning both the club and League One’s player of the season award as Blackburn secured promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Last season, Dack again scored 18 goals as Tony Mowbray’s side re-established themselves in the second-tier, and had a further ten goals to his name this season, before his campaign was brought to a premature end by an ACL injury back in December.
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Those performances for Rovers have previously seen the attacking midfielder linked with a move to the Premier League, but how would Dack have fared with his current club during their past time in English football’s top-flight.
Rovers were of course Premier League champions back in the 1994/95 campaign, and spent much of the first decade of the current century as an established top-flight club, qualifying for Europe on a number of occasions.
We asked a number of the club’s fans on the ‘Blackburn Rovers Supporters’ Facebook group if they thought a fully fit Dack would have been a regular starter for Rovers, back when they were an established mid-table Premier League side in the noughties, a question that sparked plenty of debate.
Here, we take a look at what some of those Blackburn fans had to say in response to that question.
Chris Heartfield: “Yes, it’s something in my view we always lacked a playmaker when Dunn was injured. Savage and Tugay, even Grella and Andrews were defensive midfield players. All we had was Rochina Formica and Holliett and they were played on wing attacking as Gallagher and Rothwell do now.”
Danny Green: “No, an option off the bench maybe.”
Craig Johnston: “He would’ve played with better players which would’ve helped his game. I think so and definitely a place on the bench, he is a good player.”
Guy Howard: “I had this discussion recently with my mate. My view is that Dack would shine in the Premier League. Prior to the emergence of Armstrong as a bit of a cheeky chap, and Holtby showing how keen he is, Dack was massively our biggest threat. Teams were coming to Ewood, and their number one priority was to shut Dack down and mark him out of the game… and he still starred.
That wouldn’t happen to him in the Premier League. He’d have a lot more time on the ball, and a lot more freedom to do what he does.”
Andrew Livesey: “Dack in a proper team would flourish.”
Jamie Wynn-Williams: “Dack is better than Dunn IMO.”
Danny Green: “We had Craig Hignett who didn’t play that much, and he was better than dack is IMO.”