01 January 2020 13:59
Left back remains an area in which Rovers will look to strengthen in January with Stewart Downing and Amari'i Bell both featuring there in the defeat at Huddersfield Town. Since losing loanee Greg Cunningham to injury in October, with the Cardiff man set to miss the remainder of the season, Rovers have used four separate players at left back. Downing returned to the side against Huddersfield, only to move in to midfield in the second half when Bell was introduced having been dropped to the bench having given away a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on Boxing Day. Captain Elliott Bennett had initially filled in for Cunningham, who made 10 appearances in all after joining on a season-long loan, with Derrick Williams reverting to left back for two matches in November having previously been used at centre back. Bell, signed two years ago from Fleetwood, is in to the final six months of his contract, and with his long-term future in doubt, Rovers have been linked with a move for Gillingham's Connor Ogilvie. The 23-year-old signed for the Gills in the summer after two previous loan spells having come through the ranks at Gillingham.
He has played 28 times this season, scoring three goals, including the winner against Rochdale last weekend. Ogilvie has made 149 appearances, but none for Tottenham where he came through the ranks, and he has 18 months left on the new deal signed in the summer. Speaking about his left back options in November, Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: "What we do know is that Greg is going to be out for the rest of the season. "I think it's fair to say that Amari'i is striving to find some consistency in his performances and that's why he's found himself in and out of the team. "It's not ideal for Elliott to go and play at left back.
Ogilvie is an attractive proposition for Rovers as he can play as a full-back and a centre-back. The London-born man started his career at Tottenham Hotspur and rose up through the youth ranks of the Premier League side. He was a key player for their youth sides but never made a senior appearance for them. Instead, Ogilvie had loan spells away as a youngster to gain first team experience. He firstly joined Stevenage for two seasons before going to Gillingham for another two years, playing over 100 games altogether for the respective clubs. The Gills made his move there permanent this year after Spurs left him leave. He has been a key player for Steve Evans' men this term but they will face a battle to hold onto him in January. Blackburn need some reinforcements to pursue their push for the Play-Offs and Ogilvie could be ideal. Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Gillingham defender Connor Ogilvie, a report from Football Insider has claimed. Ogilive spent the last two seasons of his career on loan with the Gills from Premier League side Tottenham, before making his move to the League One side permanent during the most recent summer transfer window. According to the latest reports, Ogilvie's impressive form during his time at Priestfield has attracted attention from further up the footballing pyramid, with Rovers making regular checks on the defender's progress this season. It is thought that Ogilvie's versatility, which means he can play at both left-back and centre back, is a particular aspect of his game that has attracted Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray to the defender. There is also said to be interest in the defender from other clubs in the top two tiers of English football, although no other potential suitors have yet been named. In total, Ogilive has 107 appearances in all competitions for Gillingham since his first loan move to the club in 2017, with the defender scoring four goals during that time. Ogilvie signed a two-year contract with the Gills in the summer, securing his future with Steve Evans' side until the summer of 2021. The Verdict I think this could be a smart signing for Blackburn. Defence has been something of a problem for them in recent seasons, so the addition of someone such as Ogilvie who can fill a number of roles in that area of the park would be a big boost for them. Given the quality of his recent performances, and the fact that he was on the books at Tottenham prior to his move to Priestfield, it also looks as though he could be more than capable of making the step up to the Championship with Rovers. It will therefore be interesting to see how quickly Blackburn might move to get this deal done, given how a lack of recruitment last January, coupled with a subsequent spate of injuries through the squad in the second half of the season, damaged their hopes of a play-off push during the previous campaign.