Blackburn have been superb so far this season in the Championship and can even go into the second half of the campaign dreaming of a potential promotion push.
Tony Mowbray’s side have managed to maintain some mid-table solidity with the occasional flirt with the top six over the last few seasons in the second tier but this year they have truly come into their own.
After coming up with some good results over the last few weeks and putting in some impressive showings, they are now reaping the rewards and have flown up the division. They could now even perhaps consider a potential push towards an automatic promotion spot should Bournemouth or Fulham begin to slip up.
In a campaign packed with success so far then, here is one winner and one loser from Rovers’ squad up to now.
Quiz: What club did Blackburn Rovers sign each of these 29 players from?
Winner: Ben Brereton-Diaz
It would be foolish to pick anyone else as the winner here for Blackburn so far this campaign. No doubt a wealth of Rovers fans began to panic when Adam Armstrong departed the club for the Premier League and Southampton but the 22-year-old has filled in the gap left by the former striker with ease.
In fact, there are times when the Chile international has looked even better than his predecessor. His work-rate and finishing ability is one of the best in the entire division – and that’s showcased by his rate of 17 goals in just 22 matches so far.
His ability to find and exploit space is astute and he is always where he needs to be when it comes to goalscoring, a true poacher in the box for Blackburn.
If he can keep up his rate of goalscoring and continue to put in some fine showings in the Championship, then there is certainly no reason why Rovers cannot secure promotion. The key here though is whether he does remain at Ewood Park or whether interest from afar may lure him away in the January window.
Loser: Daniel Butterworth
It really is difficult to pick a loser in this side, with so many players all contributing effectively even if they aren’t in the starting eleven on a regular basis. Players like Butterworth are able to make cameos and make an impact where they can without a fuss, in aid of the overall results of the team.
This then, is why I picked Butterworth, although it could have been any number of strikers currently in the side even Ian Poveda though. The simple reason being the form of Ben Brereton-Diaz – if it wasn’t for the 22-year-old being in such incredible form, a youngster like Butterworth has had to make do with very little chances.
The fact he is getting the opportunity to get onto the field and get some experience is superb in itself – but you have to question how much more game-time and chance to prove himself he would have had if Brereton-Diaz was not an instant name on the teamsheet.
Butterworth though is certainly having a fine season, as are the rest of the Blackburn squad and they’ll be hoping that continues in the second half of the campaign.