Blackburn Rovers has completed the signing of midfielder Bradley Johnson on a free transfer from Derby County.
The 32-year-old has over 500 career appearances for Derby, Leeds Utd and Norwich City. He was a pivotal part of The Canaries side that won promotion to the Premier League, during a four-year stay at Carrow Road.
After helping Derby reach the play-off final last season, Johnson was looking for first-team football and a new challenge.
So, what will be bring to Ewood Park…
Goals from midfield
There’s constant pressure on Bradley Dack at Blackburn, to chip in with goals to support Danny Graham up front. Dack is a very good player, however, do Rovers rely on him a little too much? If he missed a long spell through injury or suspension, I’d be worried if I was a Blackburn fan whether they’d score enough goals.
Johnson can release some of that pressure, he scored 15 goals during the season when Norwich was promoted. If he’s given the freedom to attack, Johnson’s got a cracking left foot and is still capable of hurting any Championship opposition.
Johnson is Blackburn’s second summer signing after Stewart Downing. Both have experience of winning promotion from the Championship. Which suggests that Tony Mowbray feels he needed to add a few ‘older heads’ to the talented, young squad that he has.
Blackburn made a late run for the playoffs last season, they aren’t a million miles away from having a real run at it. A couple of signings and there’s no reason why they couldn’t mount a top-six challenge next season. I think both Downing and Johnson are solid signings for Rovers, fair play.