Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray reveals January player concerns

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has admitted concern over Premier League clubs recalling players on loan to pile up amid squad shortages due to the coronavirus.

Brighton boss Graham Potter has raised the possibility of recalling the players in January which would leave the Rovers vulnerable, with Reda Khadra and Jan Paul van Hecke both on loan from the South Coast.

Asked about the possibility of this happening to some of his loan players, Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “It’s a concern. I saw the quotes and it makes sense to me.

“If they’re potentially going to lose a few players and play with seven or eight unavailable players, why don’t you bring all of your players back, especially if the team that lends them isn’t playing their full paycheck and using them? ‘they are necessary.

“Let’s wait and see if that happens.”

As players on loan are potentially recalled by their parent clubs, this could have the effect of being able to replace these players on temporary deals for the same reason.

Asked about the prospect of that, Mowbray said: “We are very aware of the loan situation.

“I have said many times that this club needs to grow and you do it better by signing your own players than by loaning them.

“If you find yourself in a situation where the loan is reduced and you don’t take out loans and move your own young players through the system, that would be better for everyone. “

Winger Khadra has scored two goals and provided an assist in 12 league games, while center-back van Hecke has found the net once in eight outings for Mowbray’s side.

The verdict

It is a concern for Championship clubs to be in this position, but it could benefit some teams in the long run if they were plunged into the situation of player callbacks by parent clubs.

As Mowbray alludes, advancing their own players might be the answer to their own squad’s shortage.

But with aspirations likely to change with Blackburn’s position in the Championship, it is certain that they will do whatever they can to ensure the squad is not short for the remainder of the season.

Indeed, that might be of particular concern for Blackburn, given the small size of their playing squad at the moment.

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