Following relegation from the Championship last season, it seems Blackburn are braced for an immediate return to the second tier.

Rovers sit four points ahead of third placed Shrewsbury Town with just five games to play. Here are five players they should look to buy should they gain promotion:


Armstrong has been a revelation for Blackburn since joining on loan from Newcastle in January. The 21-year old has fired in nine goals in 15 league outings, helping the club maintain their promotion push in the second half of the season. He is unlikely to break into the Newcastle first team next term, meaning a move away could be on the cards.


It’s fair to say Jordan Rhodes has not lived up to his £10m price tag since his move to Sheffield Wednesday. Rhodes has found himself behind the likes of Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher and Lucas Joao and has struggled for regular stars. Rovers may be unable to afford him on a permanent basis, but a loan deal could well be on the cards. He scored 84 goals in his first spell at Ewood Park, and a return to the club could resurrect his career.


Maddison has long been linked with a move away from current club Peterborough United. A fee of £2m could prize him away from the Posh, something which should tempt Blackburn into making a move for him. He has scored eight goals and assisted 18 this season and could help take the pressure off Bradley Dack next season as Rovers search for some extra creativity.


Sunderland defensive midfielder Paddy McNair could be a good option for Blackburn if they look to add some steel to their midfield. The Black Cats are on the verge of relegation to League One and a fire sale is in the offing as they look to trim their wage cap. The former Manchester United youngster has had some severe injury problems over the last couple of years, but if fit he could be a good option in this league. McNair can also operate at centre half, adding some extra versatility to the Rovers squad.


Bridcutt has fallen out of favour at current club Nottingham Forest since the arrival of manager Aitor Karanka. The 28-year old captained Leeds United to their best league finish since promotion from League One last season and would add some vital Championship experience to the Rovers squad.




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