The 2020 summer transfer window always felt like it was going to be an important for Blackburn Rovers, and in no position was that more the case, than the goalkeeping department.
With Brighton loanee Christian Walton and Jayson Leutwiler both leaving the club at the end of last season, Blackburn went into the summer without a senior goalkeeper at the club.
It was perhaps no surprise therefore, to see a the recruitment of a new number become the first piece of business by the Lancashire club during the summer market, as 27-year-old Thomas Kaminski arrived from Gent on a two-year deal, with a 12-month extension option, for an undisclosed fee.
Given Kaminski’s past experience of top-flight football in both Denmark and Belgium, as well as the Champions League and Europa League during his career, plenty of Blackburn fans will have been understandably optimistic about the club’s latest goalkeeping recruit.
Here, we go back to the 26th August this year – when after weeks of speculation over the club’s number one, Kaminski’s signing was announced – to take a look at what some Rovers supporters had to say about the signing of the Belgian.
— Wez (@Wez_chiiiii) August 26, 2020
Quality Signing by Mowbray….Loving Kaminski Fever👍
— Talis John (@terrencetalis) August 26, 2020
Looks like a safe pair of hands. Get him in quarantine and into the number 1 jersey. ‘Av it!
— 🦃 Blackburn Roverseas 🦃 (@roverseas) August 26, 2020
— Arion Quaynor (@ArionQuaynor) August 26, 2020
Good bit of business this!
— Rob Langton (@RobLangton) August 26, 2020
— LScotty2706 (@LScotty2706) August 26, 2020
Finally a permanent goalkeeper 👍
Welcome to Rovers 🔵⚪️
— Marcus_RTID 🇸🇪 (@Marcus1875) August 26, 2020
So far, it certainly seems as though the signing of Kaminski has proved, as those Blackburn fans expected, to be a good piece of business from the club.
The Belgian has wasted no time settling in at Ewood Park, already establishing himself as a big presence in defence, with his instructions to the back four in front of him providing a welcome element of calm for Tony Mowbray’s backline.
With Mowbray employing a system of high-pressing full-backs, Kaminski’s ability and willingness to play with the ball at his feet has also emerged as an asset for Rovers, given it offers the central defensive another option to give the ball to when in possession, relieving the pressure when those in the wide areas of defence are further up the pitch,.
Kaminski has also already developed a reputation for spectacular saves around Rovers, and he has already kept four clean sheets in eight league appearances this season, while it is noticeable that Mowbray’s men failed to win any of the three games the Belgian missed through injury earlier this season.
Did these 17 player ever score a league goal for Blackburn?
Indeed, Kaminski’s performances have been so impressive during his time at Ewood, that he has now been called up to the Belgian national team in each of the last two international breaks.
That however, now looks to have come back to bite Rovers, after it was revealed on Tuesday that the goalkeeper has left the Belgium squad after a positive Covid-19 test, meaning it now seems far from clear as to whether Kaminski will be available for Blackburn’s trip to Luton a week on Saturday, or indeed, the Lancashire derby at Preston the following Tuesday.
Given the impact he has made during his brief time with Blackburn so far, the club – and in particular those fans who were so keen to see him at Ewood Park in the first place – will no doubt be hoping that there is some he will be able to feature in those games, and plenty more beyond, as they look to build on a summer that seemingly put them in a position to push for promotion this season.