Blackburn Rovers should sign Derby County's Scott Carson to replace David Raya

Scott Carson of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County v Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Blackburn Rovers need a new goalkeeper after selling David Raya to Brentford.

Scott Carson of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County v Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Blackburn Rovers should make a move for Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson as they seek a replacement for last season’s number one David Raya who recently joined Championship rivals Brentford.

Raya made over 40 Championship appearances for Blackburn last season. However, the Spaniard has opted to leave Ewood Park this summer, joining Brentford in a reported £3 million deal.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has made signing an experienced goalkeeper and a new number one a top priority this summer.

 

Experience:

Rovers number two Jayson Leutwiler started the final four games of last season, but there is uncertainty over the Canadian’s future, and he is only considered a solid back-up option between the sticks.

Mowbray has already gone about adding experience in Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson, and the Blackburn boss should consider another Derby player in Carson due to his situation at Pride Park.

The 33-year-old was named the Supporters’ Player of the Year at Derby for 2016/17. The following season, he continued his excellent form as the Rams reached the playoffs under then boss Gary Rowett.

Scott Carson of Derby County reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England.

Carson falls out of favour at Derby:

Frank Lampard’s arrival last summer, however, caused problems for Carson. The experienced goalkeeper was tasked with a new role – expected to come off his line more and play out from the back.

Carson is an excellent shot-stopper, but sweeper-keeper isn’t his game. Kelle Roos displaced him as Derby’s number one last January, and Carson hasn’t had a look in since.

Scott Carson of Derby County at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England.

Contract situation:

The former Liverpool man’s contract at Derby expires next summer. He hasn’t featured in any of the Rams’ friendlies so far under new manager Phillip Cocu, with Jonathan Mitchell getting game time as Roos’ back up.

It may be in Derby’s best interests to sell him now rather than lose him on a free next summer. Rovers, on the other hand, have the style of play which could see Carson rediscover his best form at Ewood Park.

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