The impressive rise of Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack
Bradley Dack has set League One alight for Blackburn Rovers this season. He was signed by the Ewood Park club in the summer from Gillingham; while proving to be an influential player for them in their promotion campaign under Tony Mowbray.
The 24-year-old has scored 18 goals from midfield to fire the Lancashire side back into the Championship in what has been a stunning season personally. He is now being tipped for a big future, seen by many as one being amongst the best talents in the Football League.
Story so far…
Dack was born in Greenwich in London and had a spell at the Charlton Athletic as a youngster but was released at a tender age. He then went onto play in the Kent Youth League for a local side called Corinthian before he was spotted by Gillingham in 2010. He signed his first professional contract in May 2012 and went onto become a key player for the Gills.
The midfield man made his debut for Gillingham in August 2012 in a fixture against Bradford City. He was then sent out on loan in January 2013 to the then National League side Braintree Town for a month where he gained some first-team experience. On his return to the Gills, he started to establish himself as a regular in their starting line-up.
He played 189 games for the club, and after scoring 6 goals last season, Mowbray snapped him up for Blackburn Rovers as he looked to bolster his squad with players who possessed previous League One experience. Blackburn paid around £750,000 for Dack and this has turned out to be an inspired signing.
Style of play…
Dack usually plays just in behind the striker. He's given freedom aplenty, roaming into pockets of space to pick up the ball. He is a tricky customer and has genuine quality at the League One level. The majority of his goals have been from outside the box which shows that he is a threat from practically anywhere in the opposing half providing he has space. Dack has also racked up 10 assists in all competitions this season, which further stresses his instrumental importance to their side.
There is no doubt that there will be higher level clubs showing an interest in Dack come the summer. He was awarded the EFL League One Player of the Season in April, showing that his brilliant form has been correctly recognised. Blackburn Rovers could win the League One title on Saturday if they win and Wigan Athletic drop points, but whatever happens, they will still be playing their football in the Championship next season and it will be very interesting to see Dack playing in the second tier. Rest easy, Rovers fans, as no doubt it'll take a huge transfer fee to prise him away from Ewood Park.
Possible destinations for the future:
Norwich City are a side who have been linked with Dack this season. They may not have the financial capabilities to sign him at this moment in time but he is someone who could be on their long-term radar. Middlesbrough are another Championship club who have been mentioned in the past. The North-East club does have money and if they are serious about signing Dack then they would likely have to delve deep into their pockets to acquire the Englishman.