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Blackburn Rovers have had somewhat of a mixed 2021/22 Championship campaign.
At the turn of the year they were looking good for an automatic promotion challenge, but fell off dramatically in the second half of the campaign.
Currently, Tony Mowbray’s side find themselves outside of the top six with just three league games to turn things around and rescue their season.
There have certainly been some disappointments at Ewood Park this campaign then, and with that being said, we asked Blackburn Rovers fan pundit Toby Wilding for his thoughts on who was Rovers’ flop of the season.
“I’m going to go for Ian Poveda here, which might be a little bit harsh,” Toby explained.
“But I think when when you consider the excitement that was generated when he arrived after some really impressive cameos for Leeds in the Premier League last season you sort of felt like he was someone who was really going to be able to make things happen and trouble a lot of defences in the championship for Rovers, but obviously, that hasn’t happened for him due to injury.”
“So that just means that, perhaps not through a great deal of fault of his own, this has turned into something of a rather disappointing spell for Poveda at Ewood Park.”
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“I think as well it did take him a little bit of time to get up to speed although maybe we were starting to see some glimmers of what he could really do just at the point when he picked up that injury in November.”
“That just means that this has been a hugely frustrating loan spell for everyone concerned especially given he’s not gone back.”
“He’s still on the books at Rovers which means they perhaps weren’t able to add as many in January as they might have done had this loan been terminated.”
“Given its now just three games left of the season and he still hasn’t made his return to action.”
“Things, just for a number of reasons, don’t seem to have worked out really in my opinion hence Poveda has been really a bit of a flop from what you actually sort of felt he had the potential to do during this spell with the club.”
Toby has an excellent point and you wouldn’t disagree with what was said here.
Admittedly, having suffered from injury it isn’t exactly the player’s fault or that his performances were rubbish all year, it’s just he wasn’t on the pitch enough and when he was he was still finding his rhythm playing regular football.
Poveda looked a real talent and there were big hopes for what he could do at Ewood Park and at the end of the day, albeit through injury, these expectations were not met.
Poveda then, can certainly go down as a flop for Rovers this campaign.