Blackburn Rovers attacker Bradley Dack has admitted that he wants to play in the Premier League at some point in his career.
Dack has been nothing short of talismanic for Blackburn since joining the club in the summer of 2017, scoring 46 goals in 111 appearances for Rovers, helping them to win promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking during his debut season with the club, and then to re-establish themselves in the second-tier of English football.
There are now just 18 months remaining on Dack’s current contract at Ewood Park, with the club keen to extend that deal further.
Speaking about his own future however, the 25-year-old has now confirmed that he wants to play in the Premier League during his career, going onto hint that while he would like to do that with Blackburn, he would be willing to move to another club in order to get that opportunity if necessary.
Those comments therefore, are likely to spark a fair amount of concern amongst Blackburn fans, and here, we look at three reasons why that ought to be the case.
His influence on this squad is huge
If Dack was to leave Blackburn in search of Premier League, then the loss suffered by Rovers would unquestionably be a significant one.
Not only is the attacker prolific for Rovers, but he is by someway their most influential player, with the ten goals he has scored in all competitions so far this season already ten more than any of his current teammates.
Consequentially, if he was to leave the club, Rovers would be left struggling for someone to turn to to make a similar impact, the loss of which could see them start to slide down the table again.
The contract situation doesn’t help them
Another concern for Rovers, is likely to revolve around just how much they might receive for Dack if he was to leave the club.
With his contract now into its latter stages, Blackburn may soon get to a point where they are under pressure to sell their talisman for a reduced price, in order to ensure they are able to at least get something for him, rather than losing him for nothing when his deal expires at the end of next season.
Were that to happen, the funds available to the club to help them find a replacement for Dack, which could again put their position in the Championship standings under threat.
They may not be ready for the Premier League, even if Dack is
Even if Blackburn are able to secure their place in the top flight before Dack leaves the club, there would still be questions about whether they would be able to compete in the Premier League.
With the exception of the experienced quartet of Danny Graham, Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson and Elliott Bennett, only Adam Armstrong and Sam Gallagher have ever started a Premier League game with the attacking duo starting just four top-flight matches between them during their time with Newcastle and Southampton at the start of their careers respectively.
Consequentially, a step up to the Premier League is something the club may not be prepared for, meaning they could suffer a quick return to the Championship, with the proverbial vultures picking off those players who are able to impress at that level, and leaving Blackburn back where they started when they dropped out of the top flight in the first place back in 2012.