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Boss hails ‘big talent’ Tony

30 January 2016

Rovers boss Paul Lambert is thrilled to have secured the services of exciting forward Tony Watt.

Watt has joined on loan from Rovers’ Championship rivals Charlton Athletic, with a view to signing a permanent deal at the end of the season.
 
Lambert is a big admirer of the fellow Scot, having followed his progress since the precocious talent burst onto the scene at Celtic in his teens.
 
Watt played a key role in Cardiff’s victory over Rovers at the start of the month and was the standout performer in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at The Valley, and the manager hopes he can have a similar impact here at Ewood Park. 
 
"This deal has happened really quickly,” said Lambert. “Tony came to the fore and we thought let's go and see if we can do something.
 
"He's a big, big talent. He's only a young guy, but he's been through a lot in his football career for somebody so young, so I'm delighted he's here.
 
“I knew exactly what he was like from that great spell he had up at Celtic, when he burst onto the scene and scored that winner against Barcelona, which probably thrust him into the limelight.
 
“He’s maybe lost his way a little bit since then, but this is a chance for him to get going again.
 
"He stood out in the games against us recently and he was a real threat to us. I'd rather have him in my side than not and I think he could be a big part in what we are trying to do here."
 
Watt has the ability to play anywhere across the front line and Lambert felt that a player of his calibre was something that the squad lacked.
 
“I wouldn’t say he’s an out-and-out striker,” added the manager. “He can play in behind and you saw in the two games he played against us, he was a threat and if we can get the best out of him, then we’ve got a real talent on our hands.
 
"He's only 22, so we don't want to put too much pressure on him, but I think we've been needing somebody like him to help us. He’ll make mistakes, like everybody else, but it's a great opportunity for him and hopefully he’ll make a big impact for us.
 
“He's somebody I think we needed. He's played in big games before, he knows the league, he's played a lot of games in it and it's just a case of getting the best out of him, but he's got that raw talent that can produce something that others can’t.”

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