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‘He is a player that will have the respect of the whole squad’ – Blackburn fan pundit issues thoughts on recent announcement

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Blackburn Rovers have recently revealed that Elliott Bennett has been named as the club’s captain for the 2019/20 season, with Charlie Mulgrew leaving for Wigan during the summer transfer window.

Blackburn fan pundit, Neil McDonald issued his thoughts on the announcement, and is hoping to see the decision pay off in the near future.

“The versatile Elliott Bennett would definitely have been near the top of the list when choosing the next captain following the surprise deadline day departure of Charlie Mulgrew to Wigan.

“Bennett gives his all whenever he pulls on the shirt and shows great pride in playing for the football club.”

McDonald outlined Bennett’s attributes and is keen to see his ‘never say die’ attitude have a positive impact on the rest of the Blackburn squad for this season.

“He is a player that will have the respect of the whole squad and supporters.

“Bennett never stops running for the cause and can also play in numerous positions which has helped make him a near ever present over the last couple of years.

“Bennett ‘never say die’ attitude will hopefully lift the team at critical points of the season.”

The Blackburn fan pundit admitted he was surprised to see Bennett be given the armband for this year’s campaign, as Darragh Lenihan was the favourite to succeed Mulgrew as the club’s captain.

“Darragh Lenihan was probably the fans’ favourite to take the armband following a string of strong performances last season and now the leader of defence following Mulgrew’s departure.”

McDonald still has high hopes for this season, despite a poor start to their league campaign which means they currently sit bottom of the Championship table.

“I still believe Blackburn can finish in the top half this season. It was always going to be a difficult August with a tough run of fixtures for the rest of the month, which makes the opening day loss to Charlton all the more disappointing.

“However, I think once the new players settle in, the Blue and Whites will start to climb the table.”

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