Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer is hoping that Manchester United defender Michael Keane can return to the club on loan next season. Keane made a loan switch to the Ewood Park club back in March, playing 12 matches so far. The Rovers have lost twice since Keane has been a part of the club. Keane has been utilised as a central defender, and more recently a right-back, so it just shows how much he has impressed his gaffer at the Sky Bet Championship club.
Keane has scored three goals during his loan spell, which shows the quality of the player at this moment in time. Personally I see Keane as a player that has a future at the club, especially with the lack of quality defenders coming through the ranks and I would have looked to see Keane in the first team next season, but with a full season on loan with Blackburn, who will no doubt be looking to secure their place in the Barclays Premier League once again, the extra development would be good for him.
Bowyer has suggested that he would like to keep the England U21 defender, but with United’s management situation being unclear at the present time, although rumours of Louis van Gaal’s imminent arrival are starting to hot up once again, it would be up to Bowyer and the new United manager to talk about the possibility of Keane playing for Blackburn next season. Speaking with the Lancashire Telegraph, Bowyer said:
“The level of performances Michael has produced for us has been exceptional.
“But he’s a Manchester United player and at the end of the season he’s going to have to go back to Manchester United.
“So we’ll have to see what the situation is there first and foremost.”
I really would like to see Keane play for the United first team, perhaps he will get his chance during this summers pre-season tour of the United States of America as I am sure the new manager of the club would like to take stock of the players he currently has at his disposal. Keane is a talented up and coming defender and with the fact he has been able to perform as a right-back whilst on loan, he could be a utility player much like John O’Shea war with United. There are sure to be pros and cons if Keane was able to spend another season on loan, it would certainly enable him to get some more experience under his belt before venturing into the first team, but I really would like to see what he can do now.
With the future of Rio Ferdinand currently up in the air, United could effectively be two central defenders short ahead of the new season. If the new manager bought a defender or two during the summer transfer window, there would surely not be much space for Keane to play a certain amount of matches next season, so it would be more beneficial to loan him out again, providing the player is happy to do so, but if United did not purchase defenders in the summer, or only ended up with one, there could be more scope for Keane to make an appearance on a regular basis. We just have to wait and see what the new United manager wants to do.
By Paul Bienkowski
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