Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that the club are still interested in signing a new goalkeeper this summer, despite the arrival of Christian Walton from Brighton.
The 23-year-old shot-stopper completed his move to Blackburn earlier in the week, signing a season-long loan deal at Ewood Park.
However, Mowbray has admitted that the club are still looking to sign another goalkeeper on a permanent deal, after David Raya left to join Brentford earlier in the window.
“Christian was always an option for us. We explored other options as well but we believe he’s a top goalkeeper,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“This is just part of his development and progress. He’s a different type of goalkeeper to David, but one that will hopefully do very well for us and we’ll benefit him and he’ll benefit us.
“Christian has come in and his club believe he is going to play in the Premier League. We have to accept that. He will be going back at some stage to play for them.
“We either get our own goalkeeper now in this window or let it run until the next one. If one comes around at the price then we are still in the market for the right goalkeeper.”
Walton has made four appearances for Brighton and has spent time on loan at various clubs in the EFL over the past few seasons.
The goalkeeper spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Wigan Athletic and kept 19 clean sheet in 31 league appearances as the Latics won promotion to the Championship.
He returned to Wigan for another loan spell last summer and kept nine clean sheets in the Championship, helping the team retain their status in the second tier.
Raya was the first-choice goalkeeper at Ewood Park last season and kept ten clean sheets in 41 league appearances, as Blackburn finished 15th in the Championship.
I think this is a sensible decision from Mowbray. Walton is a very talented goalkeeper and I expect him to be the first-choice shot-stopper at Ewood Park this coming season, but the club still need a long-term replacement for Raya.
I think Walton is one to watch out for in the Premier League in the future and Brighton obviously rate him highly, otherwise they would have sold him this summer.
It looks as though this loan to Blackburn is just to give the ‘keeper a chance to gain more experience and I don’t think there’s any chance that Rovers would be able to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell.
With just a couple of weeks to go until the end of the transfer window, it would be ideal if Blackburn can sign a new goalkeeper. If they can’t, it should still be one of their priorities when the window reopens again in January.