Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson believes his existing squad needs additions in the January transfer market, even with an extremely restricted budget.
So far, Blackburn have already completed two loan signings. Brighton midfielder Yasin Ayari and Aston Villa defender Ben Chrisene have linked up with Rovers in January.
John Buckley also returned to the squad after he sustained a serious shoulder injury at Sheffield Wednesday. The midfielder will likely be available for Blackburn before the end of the season.
Despite some positive moves in the window, Tomasson is not completely content with the business in the winter window as the Danish coach targets more incomings.
However, the Lancashire club will be restricted on spending following the rise in taxation by the Indian government on overseas investments. The move, reported by Lancs Live in July, led to the Venky’s reduction in funding for Blackburn related activity.
When speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph about the transfer situation at Rovers, Tomasson remained upbeat that the club could secure more quality signings to support the existing squad.
“Every time the window opens, it is an opportunity, we should take that opportunity and bring players in. The players need help and I can only say that this window is going to be extremely important for the club.
“Of course, the project changed totally in the summer. Now is a good opportunity to help the players.
“I am not at all complaining about the players we have, I am always complaining about the players we haven’t got.”
Blackburn are currently 17th in the Championship. But Rovers sit just 10 points above the relegation places and eight points off the play-off positions.
Tomasson’s ambition to strengthen the squad is admirable, but the reality of bringing in better quality to boost his squad may not be possible. With transfer budget restrictions, Rovers will have their hands tied and will most likely rely on loan signings.
As a result, higher-quality personnel that could kick start a run for the Championship top six could be a step too far for Tomasson’s side this season. Yet, the quality of players like Sammie Szmodics and Adam Wharton means the club have enough to stave off a drift towards relegation.