Blackburn Rovers are one of a number of sides interested in a move for Northampton Town goalkeeper David Cornell, a report from Football Insider has claimed.
Cornell joined Northampton from Oldham Athletic back in the summer of 2016, and has since gone onto make exactly 100 appearances in his time with the Cobblers so far.
According to the latest reports, Rovers, along with Championship rivals Derby County and League One promotion-chasers Ipswich Town, with the trio considering a move for the goalkeeper either in the final days of the current January transfer window, or when the market reopens again in the summer.
So would Cornell be a good signing for Blackburn to make?
Here, we look at two pros and two cons to Rovers bringing the goalkeeper to Ewood Park.
Pro: It’s a position they need to cover
One way or another, there can be no escaping the fact that Blackburn need to add to their goalkeeping ranks before the start of next season.
With current number one Christian Walton – who has played every single minute of Blackburn’s league campaign this season – only on loan from Brighton until this summer, there is a clear void that will need to be filled in between the posts at Ewood Park.
Bringing in Cornell would give them an option with which to do that, and the sooner they secure the signing such as this, the earlier the long-term pressure over recruitment in that position is likely to lift.
Pro: He could be cheap
Given Blackburn have yet to make a single signing in the current transfer window, it doesn’t appear as though the budget is a particularly sizeable one at Ewood Park at the minute.
That therefore could make this a useful deal for Rovers to pursue, considering Cornell’s current contract situation at Northampton.
With the goalkeeper out of contract at Sixfields at the end of the season, Northampton may be willing to let him go for a reduced fee now, in order to prevent him leaving for nothing at the end of the season.
Since a League Two side are unlikely to demand as much from Rovers as one of their Championship rivals might, that could make this a transfer that is able to fall within the Lancashire club’s current budget limits.
Con: There could be concerns about the step up he would be making
While the fact that he is currently in League Two may make this an affordable deal for Blackburn, it could also lead to concerns about whether he is capable of fulfilling the role he would be required for at Ewood Park.
Given he has never played at anything higher than League Two level on a regular basis, Cornell would find himself facing something of a change of expectation and opponent were he to make the step up to the Championship with Rovers.
That could then prompt some worries as to whether he can adapt to that change, which if he isn’t, could lead to some costly errors being made both for Cornell himself and for Blackburn as a whole.
Con: Has he got the experience
Another question that could be raised by the potential recruitment of Cornell, is whether he actually provides one key attribute Rovers are likely to look for when adding to their options in goal.
It was suggested during their search for a new number one in the summer that Blackburn had been keen to add someone with experience to their options in that position, and that is something that Cornell perhaps does not have quite as much of as Rovers may expect.
Indeed, despite the fact that at 28-years-old he is currently four years older than Walton, Cornell has actually made just 14 more appearances in his career, featuring 165 times in comparison to Walton’s tally of 151.
You wonder therefore whether Cornell would offer much of an improvement than Walton – who has also played at the higher-level – meaning Rovers may yet be better off looking elsewhere in their search for a new ‘keeper.