Considering the most prolific striker in the Championship is still a Blackburn Rovers player ahead of Saturday’s season opener against Swansea City, you’d be forgiven for assuming things were looking up at Ewood Park right now.
But while Rovers have managed to retain the services of star man Adam Armstrong – refusing to budge on their lofty valuation of the reported West Ham and Southampton target – it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in this particular part of Lancashire.
Far from it.
Any hopes of an improvement on last season’s disappointing mid-table finish appear to have gone up in smoke before a ball has even been kicked, with the eternally under-fire Tony Mowbray insisting Blackburn may be limited to short-term loan signings in this transfer window.
A grand total of zero players have arrived all summer – temporary or otherwise – and, with funds tight, that seems unlikely to change any time soon.
There was little surprise, then, when it emerged Adam Reach would be on his way to West Bromwich Albion rather than Ewood Park.
West Brom battling Blackburn for Adam Reach
The former Sheffield Wednesday winger may be a free agent but the Baggies can offer far larger wages than their Championship counterparts, not to mention the prospect of a serious title challenge in 2021/22.
According to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom have entered advanced talks with Reach, with the one-time Middlesbrough man expected to become their fourth summer signing.
For Blackburn fans, one signing would the stuff of dreams, let alone four.
Here’s what some Rovers fans on Twitter had to say about the situation: