Blackburn Rovers will be hoping to build on some positive performances from last year’s league campaign, when the new season kicks off at the weekend.
So with all things considered, how can we expect Blackburn to do in the Championship this season?
Football League World’s Blackburn fan pundit, Neil McDonald previews their upcoming league campaign.
How would you sum-up Blackburn’s transfer window so far?
“It has been a positive transfer window for Blackburn. The permanent transfers of Bradley Johnson and Sam Gallagher, as well as the potential loan signing of Tosin Adarabioyo will look like good additions to the squad.
“It remains to be seen if Christian Walton will be an improvement on David Raya, who left the club for Brentford, in the goalkeeping department.
“While veteran midfielder Stewart Downing has added some much needed experience to the first team.”
One rival team in the league you expect to do well? And why?
“I expect local rivals Preston North End to be around the play-off picture, as they have a hardened Championship squad and a very good manager at this level in Alex Neil.”
One player that we should be looking out for this season?
“Young midfielder Lewis Travis is a player to keep an eye on from a Blackburn point of view.
“He broke into the first-team towards the end of the last year’s campaign and has played well in pre-season. If fully fit, expect him to be a first team regular this year.”
How do you expect Blackburn to do in the new season?
“Blackburn have kept hold of the inspirational Bradley Dack and have some good young prospects coming through. Tony Mowbray has also recruited well especially with the signings of Sam Gallagher and Bradley Johnson.
“I can see Rovers finishing in the top half this season but their defensive frailties will unfortunately mean they miss out on the play-offs.”
Are there any youngsters you expect to see challenging for a first-team spot?
“Aside from Lewis Travis, the 20-year-old Joe Rankin-Costello could be the one to break into the first-team picture.
“He was given a new two-year deal in the summer and has been one of the stand-out performers in pre-season where he has been playing mainly at right-back despite being a more attack-minded midfielder.
“It is this versatilely that will have caught Tony Mowbray’s eye.”