Blackburn Rovers could have two new faces to choose from ahead of their tie with Nottingham Forest on Saturday., with left-back Barry Douglas and midfielder Tom Trybull both set to sign on loan.
Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was keen to add competition to his squad, with a hefty fixture list ahead of them. Now, the club look set to add some much-needed depth before the transfer deadline.
Rovers have a tricky obstacle to get past when they welcome newly managed Nottingham Forest to Ewood Park.
The Midlands team sacked Sabri Lamouchi before the international break after a poor start to their campaign, bringing in experienced Chris Hughton as his successor.
This is Hughton’s first managerial job since he was dismissed as Brighton boss in May 2019.
He will be looking to make an immediate impact in his first game in charge of Forest by defeating an in-form Rovers side.
Matt Silitoe, who is the media manager of the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, believes that the expectations for Forest based on last season hasn’t helped them so far this season.
“Forest were pre-season favourites”, Matt said.
“That tag hasn’t favoured them and a change of manager in Chris Hughton won’t have helped Rovers’ cause”.
Tony Mowbray’s side currently sit in sixth place after a good start to their campaign. They have gone three games unbeaten, with goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski looking to make it four clean sheets in a row.
Their opponents linger in the bottom three after losing all four of their Championship fixtures, most recently losing 2-1 against table toppers Bristol City.
Forest currently have the second worst goal difference in the league, with minus six. Whilst Rovers boast the highest, with eight.
Mowbray’s men have also scored more goals than any other team in the Championship with the likes of Adam Armstrong and Bradley Johnson topping the goal scoring charts in the division.
Matt, like many Rovers fans, has been very impressed with how the team has performed so far and did not predict how well they would start.
“Few would have thought we would have two thumping victories out of our first four league games”, Matt said.
“The gaffer’s persistence to evolve the team’s playing style as well as adding value in certain areas has paid off and is a pleasure to be a part of!”.
Rovers will be without Elliott Bennett, who has suffered a long-term ankle ligament injury. Joe Rankin-Costello is close to a return but is still recovering from a knock he picked up in the 4-0 win over Derby.
Centre-back Derrick Williams will not be in contention, with the Ireland international self-isolating until early next week. Kaminski and midfielder Corry Evans require testing if they are to feature.
Matt believes that the fixture is one to look forward to based off previous meetings between the two clubs.
“Rovers Vs Forest games have been full of goals and incident previously and I expect more entertainment on Saturday”, Matt said.
“With the current momentum with Rovers I can see us coming out on top”.