Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers targeted a move for Hull City’s Ryan Longman during the January transfer window before he made his move to the MKM Stadium permanent, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
The 21-year-old recorded five goals and four assists in 35 competitive appearances last term, plying his trade both as a winger and a wing-back for the Tigers as a versatile first-teamer for Shota Arveladze’s men.
Although some of his recent contributions came from the bench, he remains an important first-teamer in East Yorkshire, although it’s unclear whether the summer window will change that with Acun Ilicali eager to make an impression during his first full window in charge of the second-tier outfit.
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The Turkish businessman was very active during the latter stages of the winter window after sealing a takeover deal in January – and Blackburn were another side who were busy as they looked to aid their promotion.
They were even thought to be tracking Longman, though they opted to make moves for Ryan Giles, Ryan Hedges and Dilan Markanday instead, with Giles arriving at Ewood Park the same day Longman sealed his permanent Hull transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion.
It’s currently unclear whether Longman would have been utilised as a winger or a wing-back, but with Giles often operating in a more defensive role, the 21-year-old may have been deployed in the latter role.
This would have been a good addition for Rovers and considering Hull only spent a reported £700,000 on him, he could have come in permanently and been another young, exciting addition at Ewood Park.
Under Tony Mowbray, you would have backed him to thrive considering how well he did with youth during the 2021/22 campaign, though it would have been interesting to see how that young side copes under a new manager.
It’s unclear whether Longman would have been a part of Mowbray’s successor’s plans either, so at least he has certainty at the MKM Stadium with Arveladze remaining in his current position.
Both sides will have ambitions of getting to the top flight, so he’s well-served being at Hull and would have been heading to Ewood Park as well, although Blackburn’s decision to sever ties with their former manager wasn’t the best decision in many peoples’ opinion.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Blackburn move for him again if he becomes a bit-part player at Hull – and they may also have their eye on other young players too as they look to purchase players they can develop and improve.