Brereton-Diaz sale happens: 2 nightmare scenarios Blackburn Rovers will want to avoid in the January transfer window
Blackburn Rovers don’t appear to be too busy during the January transfer window with manager Jon Dahl Tomasson hinting they will be operating on a very tight budget.
However, many would argue they completed the necessary deals over the summer as the club’s owners paid transfer fees for Callum Brittain, Sammie Szmodics and Dominic Hyam in the previous window.
On loan from Tyler Morton, George Hirst and Clinton Mola, they were able to address important areas that needed review, although it took time to bring in some of those targets.
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They can be forgiven for that, considering Tomasson and director of football Greg Broughton only arrived at Ewood Park in June, giving them very limited time to plan before scrambling for possible additions.
Luckily for the Lancashire team, they should be better prepared for the January window as they both have a few months to implement their plans for the next month.
However, there’s no guarantee that everything will go according to plan and with that in mind we take a look at two transfer nightmare scenarios that Tomasson’s side are keen to avoid.
Brereton Diaz is sold
It’s the last thing they want – but they could potentially be pressured into a sale if Ben Brereton Diaz tries to force a move – because Tomasson will be keen to keep the atmosphere at Ewood Park from turning sour.
There would be no lack of interest in his signature if he were to try and win a move, with West Ham United remaining keen to recruit him and sides from other parts of Europe are likely to be watching his situation as they give him an opportunity can offer. Contract signed in January.
Even if he’s sold to an English club, they’re unlikely to secure him much money and that’s why Blackburn might want to keep him for the rest of the season, even if it means him moving on for free in the summer.
Losing him in January would likely derail a potential promotion push – and they will certainly want to keep him at all costs considering they may not have the ample funds to find a replacement.
A potential replacement within their budget is unlikely to fill the huge hole left by the Chilean’s potential departure.
Morton is called back
That shouldn’t happen as Liverpool are reportedly happy with Tyler Morton’s progress at Ewood Park and have no plans to recall him – but things could potentially change if an injury crisis hits Anfield.
However, a sudden reversal could pose problems for Blackburn – as Morton was one of the first names on the squad list and has adapted fairly well to the Championship.
As mentioned, they may not have the resources to find a decent replacement and considering Blackburn and Liverpool have a good relationship, they may not be paying 100% of Morton’s salary.
Because of that, losing him can be a real blow and a recall could potentially cause friction between the two sides and damage their relationship, which is the last thing the second-tier side will want after being recently beaten by the likes of Morton and Harvey Elliott has benefited years.