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He deserves some encouragement

Mowbray impressed with striker Joe Nuttall

31 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray sees huge potential in young striker Joe Nuttall.

The former Manchester City academy graduate, who joined Rovers following a successful trial this summer, marked his first senior appearance for the club with the only goal of the game in Tuesday night's 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Stoke City u21.

The Rovers boss has been impressed with what he has seen from the 20-year-old to date, and believes that if he continues to show the same goalscoring form that has seen him net six goals in three Premier League 2 outings, a regular place in the first team squad won't be far away.

"What I do is I look at the attributes he brings," said Mowbray after the win over Stoke.

"He's pretty direct, he's fast, he's strong, he's big. He wants to run in behind, he can head it and he scores goals.

"I ask myself all the time what is holding him back. He's scored six goals in three games, he's on fire scoring goals and what more can the boy do.

"I genuinely sit here and think that we need to maybe try and accelerate him if we can. I don't want to take him out of what he is enjoying in scoring lots of goals for the Under-23s.

"But, you can see from tonight, he found an extra yard when he needed it and he's totally committed and brave to toe-poke it in when the goalie looked favourite to be honest.

"Lets not take the reins off him completely but I think he deserves some encouragement as he moves forward if he keeps scoring goals and doing as well as he's done tonight.

"At this moment Joe has to be patient, but if he keeps banging them in for the Under-23s then he won't be far away and hopefully we'll see him on the bench in a first team squad sometime soon and hopefully coming off the bench and scoring for us."

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