Blackburn Rovers are set to face a nervous wait over the summer transfer regarding the potential long-term future of forward Adam Armstrong with speculation continuing to mount.
Armstrong is a wanted player this summer following his excellent campaign with Rovers which saw him fire in 28 goals in his 40 Championship appearances.
The forward has already been linked with possible moves to both Newcastle United and West Ham, whilst reports have also emerged that Southampton could also look to bring him in during the transfer window.
According to the latest report from The Telegraph, newly promoted Norwich City have now entered the race for his potential signature this summer. It is believed that the Canaries could look to prize him away from Rovers on a cheaper deal due to him entering the final 12-months of his existing deal at Ewood Park.
With Norwich having now entered the race for Armstrong, we take a look at ONE potential winner and ONE potential loser at Blackburn if the forward does leave the club…
Winner: Ben Brereton
If Armstrong does leave Blackburn this summer then Tony Mowbray’s side are going to need to find a new talisman to step up and fill the void as Rovers’ most influential attacking player.
Ben Brereton as a result might well get the chance to finally cement himself as one of the most important players at Ewood Park next season, which would be timed perfectly as he enters the last 12-months of his deal.
It has already been reported that Blackburn are wanting to secure a new contract for Brereton this summer. The forward did show more encouraging signs this term scoring seven goals and providing four assists in the league in 40 appearances.
He was able to make just 30 starts though in the Championship, but without Armstrong, he would surely be starting most weeks for Blackburn.
Much was expected and hoped for from Brereton when he made the move to Blackburn for a fee of £7 million from Nottingham Forest in 2018. He had managed just one goal in 25 league games in his first season, and followed that up with just one goal in 15 games in 2019/20.
The 22-year-old now needs to start realising his potential and being thrown into the spotlight might be perfect for him.
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Loser: Tony Mowbray
Mowbray was already a manager that came under some pressure towards the back end of last season. Reports had emerged that his future was up in the air with the club’s owners frustrated with how the season had developed.
It does seem that he will be in charge next term, but without the goals of Armstrong upfront he could be in trouble if he can not find a solution.
Blackburn would have to find a way to replace Armstrong’s goal output and also the general qualities that he brings to their game. Mowbray is going to have to identify the right player to sign in the transfer market and he would be under pressure to get the best out of him straight away. He will also be under pressure to get more out of the likes of Sam Gallagher and Brereton as well.
It could be that Mowbray comes under a lot of scrutiny at the beginning of the campaign if Blackburn get off to a slow start to the season.
Losing Armstrong would mean that they will have to potentially find different ways of approaching matches. It might be a slightly more reserved approach is needed for them to be a little tighter at the back to get results. Whether the current boss can do provide that could decide his fate.