Blackburn boss reveals all with possible move for 20-goal striker


Blackburn boss reveals all with possible move for 20-goal striker
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Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has spoken out about a possible move for in-form striker Adam Armstrong, with plenty of interest from several Premier League clubs.


Speaking with the Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray revealed that no clubs made bids for their star striker during the January transfer window.


Armstrong has been in fantastic form in 2020/21, scoring 20 goals and providing 3 assists in 35 games in all competitions, but after a good start to the season from Blackburn, they have tailed off and are now languishing in mid-table.


The latest clubs to be linked with Armstrong are West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion, with the two clubs in need of some more attacking options up front.


West Ham have outperformed their expectations this season, but are constantly worrying that Michail Antonio might pick up an injury, whilst Brighton have defended very well, but have struggled massively in terms of scoring goals.


Whilst Armstrong was linked with a move away in January, he remained at Ewood Park, and has even captained the side on two occasions, as the forward played either through the middle of the attack, or else on the left-wing.


Speaking with the Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray said, "We want to keep all of our best players".


"You don’t want to sell your best players but sometimes there’s a necessity, sometimes there’s a bid that comes in that you can’t turn down, 1) for the club because you can invest the money in other areas of the pitch that might be strengthening and 2) because of the relationship you have with the player and you want them to play at the highest level."


"Let’s wait and see. The phone didn’t ring in the January window. He’s picked up a little knock. He’s got 20 goals. Let’s hope he can get over 25 goals by the end of the season and let’s see what the summer brings."


However, this summer might be a completely different story than January, with Blackburn almost definitely playing Championship football next season, and Armstrong might be tempted by a move to the Premier League.


Since the end of January, Blackburn have picked up just four points from eight Championship games.