Blackburn Rovers will of course, be hoping to enjoy an excellent second half of the 2021/22 season.
Sitting third in the Championship table, after a start to the campaign that very few saw coming, Rovers will be desperate to push on from that during the coming months, to secure their return to the Premier League.
The January transfer window could obviously have a big say in that, with Rovers’ business likely to determine just how strong a side manager Tony Mowbray can field as he looks to secure promotion.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at just how Blackburn could lineup over the next few months, based on some of the recent transfer rumours surrounding the club.
With a 3-5-2 formation proving so successful for Rovers in recent weeks, that ought to be the system Mowbray sticks with for the time being.
In goal, Thomas Kamnski looks well set to remain the club’s number one, with a 12-month option in his contract for next season likely to hold off any interested parties this month.
At left-back, Rovers are unlikely to make much change in January, having only brought in Harry Pickering and Tayo Edun last summer.
It is Edun who now looks set for a run in the side, with Pickering facing several weeks on the sidelines through injury.
With the latest reports suggesting that Hearts captain John Souttar is set to opt for a move to Rangers over Blackburn or Sheffield United, the back three could remain as it is.
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Brighton loanee Jan Paul van Hecke looks set to see out the season at Ewood Park, while Scott Wharton has a long-term contract with the club in his pocket.
That does however mean the club are taking a risk over captain Darragh Lenihan, with his contract expiring this summer, although his influence means that is a chance worth taking.
One change we could see comes at right-back, where Hertha Berlin’s Deyovaisio Zeefuik appears to be closing in on a loan move to Rovers, with the option to buy, providing cover and competition for Ryan Nyambe, whose future at the club looks increasingly uncertain, with his contract expiring this summer.
In midfield, although Blackburn could potentially benefit from some extra cover following Leighton Clarkson’s recall from his loan spell from parent club Liverpool, it is hard to see anyone taking a spot from the in-form trio of Joe Rothwell, John Buckley and Lewis Travis.
Both Travis and Buckley have contracts that mean the club would be under no pressure to sell this month, while Rothwell, much like Lenihan, feels too important to let go given his current form, despite being out of contract in just a few months time.
Upfront, recent reports have suggested that Blackburn’s pursuit of Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges remains on a pre-contract basis for the summer.
Bordeaux’s £3million asking price meanwhile, could put Rovers off revisiting a move for Josh Maja, while deals for Sheffield United’s Oliver Burke and Leeds United’s Crysencio Summerville have also been played down.
As a result, it looks as though Reda Khadra and Ben Brereton Diaz should continue to lead the line for Blackburn.
Khadra is another who is seemingly set to see out is loan spell from Brighton. Meanwhile, despite links with a number of top-flight clubs, top scorer Brereton Diaz – with 20 league goals already this season – is another the club can ill afford to let go, especially given their is a 12-month option in his contract that guarantees they can at least receive a fee for him in the summer.