With the summer transfer window almost upon us, plenty of players are going to be considering their futures, with the possibility of a move elsewhere on the horizon.
One such player who seemingly finds himself in that situation, Blackburn Rovers’ Adam Armstrong.
Having enjoyed an impressive campaign that has seen him score 20 times in all competitions, the striker is now perhaps not surprisingly being linked with a number of Premier League clubs, with recent reports from Football Insider now claiming that Everton are taking an interest in the 24-year-old.
The opportunity to move to the Premier League is one that will no doubt be appealing to a player such as Armstrong, who never really got the chance to shine at that level with Newcastle at the start of his career.
But what effect could it have on his current club, if Armstrong was to make a move to Goodison Park at the end of this season?
Here, we’ve taken a look at two potential impacts on Blackburn Rovers, if Everton are able to complete the signing of Armstrong this summer.
A big blow to the goalscoring department
One obvious impact that Armstrong’s potential Ewood Park departure would have on Blackburn this summer, is a significant loss in terms of goals.
Of the 50 league goals that Rovers have scored so far this season, 19 (almost 40%) have come courtesy of Armstrong, and that is a big percentage for any side to replace, particularly one such as Rovers, who are struggling to find the net as it is at the minute.
Indeed, with Blackburn’s next highest scorer this season – Sam Gallagher – finding the net on just six occasions, and arguably the one man who could have filled that void left by Armstrong – Bradley Dack – set to miss a significant portion of next season with another ACL injury, it could be essential for Rovers that they find themselves another proven goalscorer at this level if Armstrong does depart.
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A useful financial boost
While Rovers will not want to lose their key man if possible, it could also be the case that the sale of Armstrong could help Blackburn cope with what has been a tricky financial period for so many in football.
Given the finances that are on offer at Premier League level, and the fact that Armstrong’s finishing ability to could be such a valuable commodity, you imagine that Blackburn will indeed be hopeful of receiving a rather sizeable sum for the striker’s services.
As well as helping that club manage with the absence of fans, that could also help them rebuild their squad this summer – which they may need to do this summer with a long list of players out of contract – and the fee they might receive for Armstrong could be a useful source of funds to do that with, given manager Tony Mowbray suggested recently that the club may not have much money to work with in the market.