For many of a Blackburn Rovers persuasion, the departure of David Raya to Championship rivals Brentford will have been somewhat surprising.
Not only did it mean Rovers had lost their number one for the past two seasons without ensuring that they had a replacement lined up, but with two years remaining on the then 23-year-old’s contract at Ewood Park, this was not a move that they needed sanction anyway.
Indeed, despite the fact that there had been some concerns about Raya’s decision making and command of his area following Rovers’ return to the Championship during the previous campaign, and the run between the posts that was handed to Jayson Leutwiler for the last four games of the season, it had apparently been expected that the Spaniard would remain at the club, even with the recruitment of a new goalkeeper being considered.
However, speaking after Raya’s departure, Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray revealed that the decision to allow Brentford to bring the goalkeeper to Griffin Park, was because it was a move that the Spaniard himself had wanted to happen.
Were Blackburn Rovers right to let David Raya join Brentford?
So far, it does seem as Raya’s decision to push for that move may pay off.
On a personal level, the Spaniard has at least quickly established himself as The Bees’ number one, with Raya featuring in all 15 of Brentford’s Championship games so far this season.
During that time, Raya has managed to record four clean sheets for his new side, conceding 13 goals in the process, with the Spaniard generally looking solid for Brentford, despite one or two glimpses of uncertainty that appeared to put a cloud over the last few months of his time at Ewood Park.
In comparison to that, the Spaniard’s replacement at Ewood Park, Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Christian Walton, has managed to also keep four clean sheets from the same number of games, although he has also conceded 22 goals during his time between the posts for Blackburn, and like his predecessor, hasn’t always been convincing in the Rovers penalty area.
Partly as a consequence of that Brentford currently find themselves 13th in the Championship table, three points and three places ahead of Rovers in the Championship standings, and four points adrift of the play-off spots, following a run of three straight wins prior to their defeat to Huddersfield this weekend.
It seems therefore, that with Brentford having slightly more cause to be optimistic about looking up the table than Rovers as things stand, Raya may well have made the right choice to push for a move to Griffin Park in the summer.
Considering Raya and Brentford are set to make the trip to Ewood Park in just over two weeks’ time, that is something the Spaniard will be hoping isn’t going to change any time soon.