Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has suggested that he hopes that a Premier League team can come in with a sizeable offer for Adam Armstrong so that he can get the chance to play in the top-flight next term.
Armstrong has enjoyed an excellent campaign for Blackburn, and he has ended the season in sensational form firing in nine goals in his last six matches.
That has seen him recover from a blip during the middle of the season and means he fired in 28 goals and five assists in total in 40 appearances. It has been a year where he has proven himself to be a class above the Championship.
Given the amount of goals he has been scoring all season, it is no surprise to see him still reportedly be on the radar of the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham heading into the summer.
Keeping hold of the striker is going to be very difficult, and Rovers are set to demand a fee of around £20 million for him according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray has now revealed that for Armstrong’s sake he hopes that there is a potential side out there who would be willing to pay the sizeable fee for him. He was also relaxed around his potential departure claiming they would reinvest the money in a replacement.
He said: “That’s fine, so they should, they’re not doing their job if they’re not looking at Adam Armstrong.
“That’s out of my control. For Adam’s sake let’s hope the phone rings and someone offers us a ridiculous amount of money, we shake him by the hand and we say go and bang in loads of goals in the Premier League and we’ll use some of that money in the team and can find another striker who can bang loads of goals in.
“That’s football, that’s happened since the game started. He’s shown what a talent he is, he could have had five today, my analyst is saying the first one wasn’t offside, but there you go. Let’s keep rolling, see what the summer brings for Adam and the team.
“There’s a few players out there at the end who won’t be here next season but that’s okay, every team has to evolve and grow and develop and young players will get more experience and see whether they can hit the mark and take us where we want to go.”
Armstrong has been magnificent for Rovers this season and frankly, they could have been fighting a potential relegation battle if they did not have his goals in the final third. It does seem inevitable as Mowbray indicates that there will be interest, but this update suggests that Blackburn will not be selling unless they receive an offer that is ‘ridiculous.’
The forward will likely be keen to have a go at the Premier League and he has more than earned the right to transition to a higher level now with his performances this term. He will have a real point to prove after the way that Newcastle allowed him to leave the club a few years ago.
From Mowbray’s comments, you would have assumed that Blackburn already have some plans in place by way of how they can potentially replace the loss of the forward. That must be the case if he is willing on other teams to come in with a high enough offer that would enable them to allow him to leave Ewood Park.