Blackburn Rovers will be incredibly excited to be back in the Championship after an excellent and thrilling season in League One. They have quite a bit of momentum behind them as well after winning 28 league games last season and scoring 82 goals in the process. They were actually very unlucky to have Wigan in the league in the same year, or else they would have almost definitely won League One last term.
Tony Mowbray has done some great work in leading them back up to the Championship after only one season in League One. But he will be looking to push on now and establish Blackburn in the Championship once more.
Next Season’s Target
Blackburn’s primary target has to be avoiding relegation, as is the goal of any club when stepping up a division. If they start well though, they could steer clear of the relegation fight and look to finish as high as possible in the Championship table. Realistically, finishing between the 15th and the 20th spot is an achievable target, and it would really give them a platform to kick on from.
Blackburn do not have many players, who they would wish to sell this summer. But one player, who may leave the club is defensive midfielder Darragh Lenihan. Lenihan was the subject of a bid from Sheffield United in the January transfer window, but he stayed put at Blackburn instead of moving on.
He had an extended run in the side in the second half of the 2017/18 season. But he could be tempted to join Sheffield United if they come calling again this summer as the Blades have established themselves as a competitive force in the Championship.
Should a reasonable bid for Lenihan comes Blackburn’s way, they may be tempted to sell him and use the money to recruit elsewhere.
Blackburn have been linked with a move for Charlton Athletic defender Patrick Bauer. If there is one area in which Blackburn could improve, it is definitely their defence. And Bauer had a good season for Charlton in League One last year.
If he does move to Blackburn, it will be an excellent deal for both clubs. Another signing Blackburn may make is that of Adam Armstrong, the young Newcastle striker, who was on loan with them last season.
18th in the Championship would be a great finish for Blackburn and it would establish them back in the division once again.