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Blackburn Rovers’ mixed season continues with Tony Mowbray’s side currently sitting in 11th place in the Championship, currently six points adrift of the play-off places, with a record of 11 wins, 10 defeats and seven draws.
Mowbray will be looking to freshen up his squad during the January transfer window and is considering a move for Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ben Whiteman, according to a report by Football Insider.
So would Whiteman be a good fit at Ewood Park and should Mowbray make this signing a priority?
“One area that Blackburn are certainly in need of adding to between now and the end of the window in in midfield, with Rovers needing to find some way of compensating for the loss of the goal-scoring and creative presence of injured talisman Bradley Dack.
“Whiteman could be a very astute signing for Rovers, and could potentially fill some of the void left behind by Dack’s absence, with the 23-year-old having the ability to play in an attacking midfield role, or sit a little deeper and make late runs into the penalty area to add an extra threat in the box.
“The midfielder is at the right sort of age where Blackburn could potentially bring him in and develop him over the next few years, and Tony Mowbray has proven he is able to get the best out of players with similar ability as Whiteman over his past few seasons in charge at Ewood Park.
“With time running out in the window Blackburn should look to prioritise a move for Whiteman, who looks likely to be a very suitable replacement for Dack were they to bring him in this month, although Doncaster would likely be reluctant to lose one of their key players this late in the window.”
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“I think this could be a decent signing for Blackburn.
“Whiteman has undoubtedly impressed in League One for Doncaster over the past few seasons now, so you imagine he is more than ready to make the step up to the Championship with a club such as Blackburn.
“Indeed, having just lost one of their key central midfielders – Corry Evans – to what looks like being a long term facial injury, it does make sense for the Ewood Park club to consider adding to their ranks in that particular position.
“However, it should be noted that with the likes of Lewis Travis, Bradley Johnson, Lewis Holtby, Elliott Bennett, Stewart Downing and Jacob Davenport all among those who can play in that position for Tony Mowbray’s side, they are still better stocked there than in other areas of the pitch, meaning I wouldn’t go all-in for Whiteman at the expense of another target if I was Blackburn.”
“Ben Whiteman could be a very shrewd signing for Blackburn.
“The box-to-box midfielder has proven himself as one of the most consistent performers in League One, meaning that links to the Championship are somewhat inevitable.
“Whiteman looks more than capable of making the step up and I’ve no doubt that he could break into Blackburn’s starting XI.
“However after only recently signing a new deal it’s likely that the Lancashire side will have to pay a decent fee to capture the midfielder – something which would be well worth doing.”