After Rovers fans were treated to Rovers paying for Bradley Dack, Rovers then announced they’d signed Ben Gladwin for a rumoured £200,000-£300,000.
When Gladwin put pen-to-paper on a 2 year deal, the Rovers fan base seemed slightly divided. A proportion of the fans liked the look of the 25 year old midfielder and felt he could rekindle his form, whilst some felt Gladwin wouldn’t too be played after Rovers signed Whittingham, Dack and Smallwood.
In his best season so far with his former club Swindon, they reached the playoff final and he made that road to Wembley a lot easier with some very important goals and assists along the way. Swindon subsequently lost in the playoff final to Preston 4-0, but the class of Gladwin was quite noticeable which earned him a step up to the Championship.
After signing for QPR in 2015 for £1.5 million, he struggled to adapt to his new team and new division. His first team chances were limited, which then prompted him to return to the club that made him into a sought after midfielder – Swindon. He enjoyed the best spell of his career in the 2014/15 season with Swindon and Gladwin wanted to replicate it with them again. He scored 2 goals in his 13 game spell at the Robins. Gladwin then joined Championship new boys Bristol City but only managed 1 appearance.
After he played for QPR vs Rovers in the FA Cup 3rd Round, he returned to Swindon again, where he scored a couple mores goals but he couldn’t prevent Swindon from being relegated to League 2. Gladwin had struggled to fit in while going out on loan and with chances extremely limited at Queens Park Rangers, it was a forgettable time of his career.
Gladwin is a strong attacking midfielder who can also player as a number 10, and he will definitely improve Blackburn’s midfield which has been a key area for improvement in the last few years. He also has an eye for the goal and can pick a pass out of thin air.
One of his main attributes is his strength and with that and integrated with his other attributes, we know he possesses the ability to help Rovers in returning to the Championship. We think he can be the midfielder who will help push the ball forward and will also run at defenders. We have already signed the technical skill of Peter Whittingham and with his ability along with Gladwin, Smallwood and Dack, it looks like exciting times for the Ewood Park faithful.
Tony Mowbray has signed players this window who have been the best in League One in previous years. So, if they can replicate previous form and get back to their best, Rovers should be at the upper end of the league and fighting to get back into the Championship.
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