blackburn rovers, 3 centre-backs Blackburn Rovers should consider amid Leeds United competition for loan deal

3 centre-backs Blackburn Rovers should consider amid Leeds United competition for loan deal

Blackburn Rovers are reportedly among the sides sizing up a loan swoop for Chelsea prospect Alfie Gilchrist ahead of the summer window.

Blackburn Rovers are said to be alongside Leeds United and Preston North End in eyeing the Chelsea prospect ahead of this summer.

The Stamford Bridge outfit could send Gilchrist out on loan for next season following his breakthrough, reporter Ben Jacobs said on X last week.

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Rovers have a good track record in the loan market and some of the success stories of Premier League talents at Ewood Park could give them a good chance of bringing the Chelsea man in. However, the competition for his signature means it could be wise to target some alternatives.

Here, we put forward three Gilchrist alternatives Blackburn Rovers should keep in mind…

Willy Kambwala – Manchester United

Kambwala could be an interesting one to consider as he found himself in a fairly similar position to Gilchrist in the 2023/24 season.

The 19-year-old perhaps wasn’t expected to break into the senior team at Old Trafford but like Gilchrist, injuries saw him called to action. He ended up making 10 first-team appearances, eight of which came in the Premier League.

Having tasted senior football, it could be detrimental to send him back into the academy game. A loan could be ideal, and Blackburn Rovers could be a great place for him to kick on.

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James Hill – AFC Bournemouth

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Hill’s situation is an interesting one, but it might pique Blackburn’s interests.

He was recalled from his Ewood Park loan in January to be involved in Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth first-team but game time was limited. Hill made only one league start and his four other appearances in the top-flight totalled only 20 minutes combined.

Having progressed well in half a season with Blackburn Rovers, it could be a great place for him to head back to find regular game time once more.

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Bashir Humphreys – Chelsea

Last but not least is one of Gilchrist’s Chelsea teammates Humphreys.

He’s just spent the season in the Championship with Swansea City and while new management at Stamford Bridge could see him earn a chance over pre-season, it would not be a surprise if the 21-year-old was to head out on loan again.

The England U21 international can play as a centre-back or full-back and has even spent time in defensive midfield before, with his abilities on the ball making him a solid option in possession.

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