Premier League sides Aston Villa and Brighton have recently been credited with an interest in Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack, as per reports from The Sun.
The 25-year-old was one of the most impressive players in the Championship last season, scoring 18 goals and producing 10 assists in all competitions for the Lancashire club from midfield.
With Blackburn finishing 15th in the league standings, and top-flight clubs beginning to circle around the playmaker, Rovers are likely to have a real battle on their hands to keep hold of their talisman for another season.
But now, manager Tony Mowbray has come out and said that he expects Dack to remain at Ewood Park this summer, saying to Lancashire Live: “I’m very confident he won’t move on this summer.
“He’s had his first season in the Championship and he’s scored 15 goals. Everybody knew he could do it in League One and he was fantastic for us in League One.
“His first challenge was in the Championship last season and my beliefs, and I’ve spoken to Bradley, are that he should do another year with us and see how close we can get.”
Here, in light of Mowbray’s recent comments, we discuss Dack’s future at Blackburn in today’s FLW six-pointer…
Firstly, what did you make of Dack last season?
I thought he was absolutely incredible.
I always knew that Dack would move on to bigger and better things when he shone for Gillingham in League One, and he is surely destined for the top after another standout season.
To score and assist that many goals in a somewhat “struggling” team is just remarkable.
Are you surprised by Mowbray’s recent comments?
I am very surprised by them, as I thought he would be resigned to losing him given the season he’s just had.
It would be a massive statement of intent if Blackburn were to keep Dack for another season, and if they manage to do so, then who knows what they can achieve next season?
Blackburn fans should be absolutely delighted with his comments.
Can you see Dack staying at Ewood Park after the recent comments?
I’d be amazed if he did stay.
He’s playing his best football at Ewood Park and might not even want to leave, but when a club from the Premier League like Aston Villa come knocking, it’s quite hard to keep your head down.
Blackburn certainly hold the cards on this one, though.
Amid interest from the Premier League, is he ready for a move to the top-flight?
I think that he’s more than ready for a move to the Premier League, having established himself as one of the best players in League One.
He’s entering his prime years, and a move to a bottom-half top-flight club could be a smart move for him.
His quality on the ball and ability to score and create goals and would help him fit into the Premier League with ease.
Would a move to Aston Villa be a good one?
I can see why Villa want him as they prepare for life in the Premier League.
The likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn were sensational in midfield last term, but I think they need another player who can pick the ball up and run with it.
Dack would fit in very well behind the striker, and would add some real competition for places at Villa Park.
Finally, how much is Dack worth in today’s market?
It’s hard to say, as the market tends to fluctuate window by window.
He’s at a good age, he’s just had a fantastic season in the Championship, and still has a couple of years left on his contract, so Blackburn don’t have any reason to sell him at all.
They have got to be pushing for £15million at the very least.