As another season in the Championship looms for struggling Blackburn Rovers, it is vital that they manage to keep hold of their biggest assets this summer if they are to every genuinely think about a Premier League return.
Blackburn sit in 14th place in the Championship having won just one of their last 10 league games, a stat which simply isn’t good enough when you consider they possess the third highest scorer in the league in Adam Armstrong.
The former Newcastle man has scored 19 goals this season and it looked like his prowess in front of goal was going to fire Blackburn towards the play-offs.
However, a run of five straight losses in February put an end to their play-off hopes and now they’re facing life with another season in the Championship.
When you’re languishing in mid-table and you possess one of the most clinical strikers in English football, you’re always going to struggle to fight off potential suitors, and this is something Blackburn are no doubt going to have to do this summer.
It has been reported in recent weeks that the striker was being chased by both West Ham and former club Newcastle.
Armstrong has single handily carried this side for large parts of the season and who knows where they would be without his goals.
24-year-old Armstrong has been at Blackburn now since 2018 after being sold by Newcastle
However, this has been his best goal scoring season to date by some margin.
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He may be small in stature, but he becomes a giant when face to face with goal. He never looks like missing.
Blackburn are still a side who will be ambitiously looking to make their way back to the Premier League having been a main stay in the competition between 2001 and 2012.
However, consistent mid-table finishes would indicate that the good times aren’t returning anytime soon.
The lack of improvement from this Blackburn side should be a warning sign for Armstrong.
They always say you should look to strike whilst the iron is hot and for the English striker that means getting a big move.
If he stays at Blackburn for another season and his goals dry up he would have missed his big opportunity, that being sai,d Blackburn need to do everything they can to keep hold of the proven goal scorer.
If Blackburn lose the services of Armstrong, which is highly likely, as clinical forwards are much sought after, then they are going to really struggle to compete again next season.
It is crucial in a tough division like the Championship to hold onto your best players, especially a striker who can grab you 20 goals a season, if you are to challenge at the top.
Top strikers are hard to find, and Blackburn need to do everything in their power to ensure that Armstrong is firing more goals in for them again next season.