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‘Fantastic forward planning’ – Blackburn Rovers battle Swansea and Stoke for 23-year-old: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Callum Brittain is on the radar of Swansea City, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers this month according to the Daily Mail.

The attacking right back has been a consistent performer for the Tykes in both their remarkable fifth placed finish last season but also in their struggles so far this term.

The 23-year-old has shown himself to be very effective in both attack and defence, therefore as relegation to League One looms for the Tykes it is not a surprise to see second tier clubs showing an interest in some of their better players.

Brittain joined the club in October 2020 signing from Milton Keynes Dons, who were managed by Russell Martin at the time, and has chipped in with eight assists in 68 outings since.

We have gathered the thoughts of a selection of FLW writers to see if they believe that Brittain would be a good signing for Blackburn Rovers…

Declan Harte

Despite Barnsley’s difficult season, Brittain has been a standout performer for the struggling side.

However, a move to Blackburn could be far too tantalising, so keeping him at the club could prove too difficult.

Brittain would be competing for minutes against Nyambe, but he should be able to give him a run for his money.

Competition in that position will strengthen Blackburn’s squad as they push for a promotion challenge. If they can pull this move off then it could be a significant step towards sustaining that bid for Premier League football.

Ned Holmes

With Ryan Nyambe’s future up in the air, signing Callum Brittain could represent some fantastic forward planning for Blackburn.

He looks exactly the sort of player that could kick on under Tony Mowbray at Ewood Park while he’s ready to impact Championship games already – as he’s shown at Barnsley in recent seasons.

Brittain’s contract situation may mean that the Tykes are open to cashing in on him and if they are then Rovers would be foolish to not at least be in the conversation.

He can slot in either at right-back or right wing-back, depending on which formation Mowbray opts for.

It’s no surprise that Blackburn face competition for the 23-year-old but you feel Ewood Park may well be an attractive destination right now.

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Toby Wilding

With Deyovaisio Zeefuik seemingly set to join from Hertha Berlin, signing a second right-back such as Brittain may not be a priority for Rovers this month, given the need to strengthen in other positions.

However, with Zeefuik’s deal only a loan with an option to buy, and given Ryan Nyambe is out of contract at the end of the season – meaning cover could still be needed – a deal for Brittain could still be rather useful.

The last year or so at Barnsley has shown he is more than capable of holding his own in the Championship in recent years, and his ability to play as a wing-back would fit well with the system that is proving so effective for Blackburn at the minute.

Barnsley’s position in the Championship relegation battle, and the fact that Brittain is in the latter stages of his contract at Oakwell, could also make this a potentially affordable deal for Rovers, meaning this could be one to keep in mind for those in charge at Ewood Park.

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Article title: ‘Fantastic forward planning’ – Blackburn Rovers battle Swansea and Stoke for 23-year-old: The verdict

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