Blackburn Rovers midfielder Joe Rothwell is facing an uncertain future at Ewood Park amid issues surrounding the offer a new contract, a report from Lancashire Live has revealed.
Rothwell is one of a long list of players whose contract with the club is set to expire at the end of this season, and it now seems as though there is no guarantee the 26-year-old will put pen to paper on a longer-term deal with the Lancashire club.
According to this latest report, Rothwell’s agent – who also represents another of Rovers’ out of contract contingent, Joe Rankin-Costello – believes that the midfielder deserves a better contract offer than the one that has been put on the table by the club.
It is also thought that Rothwell’s representatives are concerned by the lack of starts the midfielder has made recently, with the player having been named on the bench six times in Rovers’ last nine matches.
As a result, it has now been suggested that Blackburn will be forced to trigger the option to extend Rothwell’s contract by a further 12 months, until the end of next season.
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Since joining Rovers from Oxford back in the summer of 2018, Rothwell has made a total of 110 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in that time.
This will be a big concern for those associated with Blackburn Rovers.
Rothwell has shown himself to be one of the club’s most important assets in the past season or so, meaning they are not going to want to lose him if at all possible.
The 12-month option does give the club something to fall back on, but it could put them under pressure if interest in Rothwell emerges in the summer, since that could prove to be their last chance to get a fee for him.
As a result, you do feel as though Blackburn need to do as much as they can to change the situation here, and the fact they find themselves under pressure with regards to so many player contracts does raise some questions as to the work being done behind the scenes at Ewood Park, with regards to not addressing these issues before developed into the problem it now is with regards to Rothwell.