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Opinion: Rumoured free agent target could be just what Blackburn Rovers need as signing hunt continues

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On the pitch at least, it does feel as though this has been a rather good start to the season for Blackburn Rovers.

Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at The City Ground ensured Rovers remain unbeaten in their opening three league games of the season, picking up seven points in the process.

That is a strong foundation for Tony Mowbray’s side to build on going forward, you feel Rovers will still need a fair amount of success off the pitch in the next fortnight, if they are to do that.

The departure of last season’s top scorer Adam Armstrong for Southampton last week means that Blackburn have now seen 12 senior players leave the club since the end of last season, while only one has been signed, coming in the form of a loan deal for young Liverpool midfielder Leighton Clarkson.

As a result, Blackburn now find themselves short options in a number of positions, something highlighted by the lack of experience on the club’s bench so far this season, which for that win over Forest, had an average age of just 20.7 years, with the oldest being Jacob Davenport at 23.

That has conspired to leave Rovers rather short on established options in a number of positions, so it is no surprise to see that Tony Mowbray is keen to add several new faces to his side before the window closes.

Now it seems as though one of those who has reportedly emerged as a target for Blackburn in the past few days, could be just what the club need as they aim for that late window recruitment.

According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Blackburn, along with Championship rivals, are interested in a move for Kean Bryan, who is currently a free agent following his departure from Sheffield United earlier this summer.

A versatile defender, this is one that would certainly tick a number of boxes for the Lancashire club.

Since the last transfer window, Blackburn have seen five defenders – Derrick Williams, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Jarrad Branthwaite at centre back, and left-back duo Amari’i Bell and Barry Douglas – leave the club, with only Harry Pickering coming the other way on the left-hand side of defence.

With that in mind, the addition of a defender such as Bryan who can fill in in a number of positions across the back line would be a more than welcome asset for Rovers.

Indeed, with the 24-year-old’s progress having felt like one of the brighter points of an otherwise dismal campaign for Sheffield United in the Premier League last season, Bryan would no doubt be capable of establishing himself as a reliable option for Rovers in the Championship.

Add to that the fact that, given Bryan’s departure from Sheffield United, and rumoured interest from the other two sides relegated from the Premier League this season, West Brom and Fulham, this would be a welcome coup for Blackburn in the market, given the frustration they have endured with regards to transfers so far this summer.

It is also worth noting, that completing a deal such as this would work rather when it comes to Tony Mowbray’s stated transfer desires.

The Blackburn manager has spoken on a number of occasions about his preference for permanent signings that he can mould to fit his squad and setup, rather than a loan player he can simply use for a single season.

As a result, with finances seemingly tight, not least after the events of the past 18 months, a proven high quality player who is available without a transfer fee, as Bryan is given his status as a free agent, must surely be an appealing prospect for Blackburn.

Given the results that Blackburn have claimed so far this season, there could be an argument that once they have improved their squad with potential new signings, Rovers will have the ability to be competitive in the Championship this is season.

It seems therefore, that when the consider the circumstances Rovers and Bryan both find themselves in, this a link that those in charge at Ewood Park, ought to be looking to follow up on.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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