Sport ‘Has to be considered a coup for them’ – Blackburn Rovers in race to sign in-demand defender: The verdict
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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Blackburn Rovers are starting to get linked with some potential transfer deals as they start to ramp up their preparations for next season.
has suggested that Blackburn are now interested in making a potential move to sign Motherwell defender Stephen O’Donnell this summer.
That comes with the right-back having managed to enjoy an impressive campaign with Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League last term managing to score one goal and provide three assists in his 34 appearances.
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While he has also been starring for Scotland in the Euros so far and was one of the standout performers in their 0-0 draw against England.
, Motherwell could be set to sell the defender and he could be available for a modest transfer fee over the next few weeks.
that Blackburn are facing rival interest from the likes of Birmingham City, Barnsley, Blackpool and Derby County in the race for the full-back’s signature.
With Blackburn interested in O’Donnell, we asked out FLW writers whether they feel it would be a good signing for Rovers to make this summer…
This would be a very smart bit of business for Rovers.
Firstly, O’Donnell is going to be available for a ‘modest’ fee because of a clause in his contract, so the fact he won’t cost a lot is a major positive. Then, in terms of what he offers, O’Donnell proved against England in Euro 2020 that is a steady, reliable performer.
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There’s no doubting that he can improve aspects of his game, with his quality in the final third still not consistent enough but as a defender he will rarely let you down. So, in that sense, he would be a good signing for Blackburn and the fact there is so much interest in O’Donnell proves he is going to be a bargain for someone this summer.
So, if Tony Mowbray wins the race for the player, it has to be considered a coup for the team.
This could be a really smart addition for Tony Mowbray’s side.
Stephen O’Donnell has proven himself as a top performer in recent years during his time in Scotland and so it’s no surprise that he’s attracting such interest.
However, his performance against England on Friday is really what will have attracted interest.
At 29 years of age O’Donnell is ready to hit the ground running and with a release clause in his contract it means that any move has the potential to be a bit of a bargain.
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Andy Carroll is leaving Newcastle United at the end of the month and Dwight Gayle could be following him through the exit door, so the Magpies might be left with Callum Wilson and Joelinton in attack next season. Joelinton only scored four goals in 31 Premier League games in 2020/21, so Steve Bruce might want to find an upgrade on the 24-year-old. Football League World say Newcastle have their sights set on Adam Armstrong following his prolific campaign at Blackburn Rovers – a former Magpie who left for Rovers in 2018.
It remains to be seen if Blackburn can beat the significant competition to his signature, but if they can, he could be a real asset next term.
For me, I think this could depend on how Blackburn intent to use Joe Rankin-Costello next season.
Up until now, Rankin-Costello has been used primarily as a right-back, but he is more naturally an attacking player, and it is that forward role that the 21-year-old would seemingly prefer to play in long term.
As a result, if Blackburn do decide to play Rankin-Costello further forward, then they may need to start thinking about bringing in some cover for Ryan Nyambe on the right-hand side of their defence, and that is a role it seems O’Donnell could fill rather well.
The Scot is someone who judging by his performance against England on Friday, can be a solid option in that position, and will provide an attacking emphasis from that area of the pitch, which is something that Rovers boss Tony Mowbray often seems keen to exploit.
With that in mind, if Rovers do decide to play Rankin-Costello further forward and look to bring in another right-back to allow them to do that, then O’Donnell may not be a bad option for them to turn to in order to fill that role.
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