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Boss who signed latest Wednesday 'target' told him he had to change after letting him go

The Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray said at the end of last season that a rumoured Sheffield Wednesday target ‘has some fundamentals he needs to change’ before he is ready for top-level football.

According to Football Insider, Wednesday are eyeing a January move for the Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, who spent last season on loan to Blackburn.

It is claimed that Owls will keep close tabs on Walton’s situation over the coming weeks, with the 24-year-old having recently recovered from an injury he suffered in pre-season.

We reported on Tuesday how Walton, despite having appeared in all 36 of Rovers’ fixtures last season – helping Mowbray’s side to an 11th-placed finish – was not universally popular with the Ewood Park faithful.

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And this was his former boss’s assessment – via BBC Radio Lancashire – after the Cornish player returned to Brighton earlier this year:

“I think he’s has spells of the season where he’s been very good.

“I’ve been trying really, really, really hard all year to change a few core fundamentals that Chris has that I would like to change to play the way that I would want him to play.

“It’s not easy to change footballers, particularly goalkeepers where I’m not the expert, yet I watch as much football as anybody and know where the goalkeeping fraternity is going, I know how a modern goalkeeper is going to look and how it looks now, and how the world’s best look and (what) you should be trying to achieve.

“And I’ve said to Chris, if he thinks he’s going to play in the Premier League for Brighton, the way Brighton play, he has some fundamentals he needs to change.

“But generally, for a lot of this season he’s been good. I think there’s been, and I don’t need to publicly air it but he knows my thoughts, he knows some areas he needs to improve on, but on the whole, he’s a young goalie who has come and helped us out and done okay and the test for him is to see if he can play in the Premier League.”

Sheffield Wednesday’s goalkeeping situation is again under scrutiny after their recent run of four straight defeats.

Cameron Dawson started the season as Wednesday’s number one but was dropped on Saturday in favour of Joe Wildsmith.

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Wildsmith kept his place for Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth at Hillsborough.

But some fans are still irked by the treatment of Keiren Westwood, the long-serving former Ireland international who has been exiled from first-team affairs by Monk.

Westwood, a two-time player of the year at Hillsborough, was linked with a move to Blackburn in the summer transfer window.

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