Rovers boss Tony Mowbray believes Richie Smallwood brings a number of important attributes to his side, who secured a fifth straight league win at Peterborough on Saturday.
The fans favourite played a pivotal role in Rovers' second goal at the ABAX Stadium - forcing Chris Forrester to concede possession, before unselfishly squaring the ball for Bradley Dack to fire home.
Rovers went on to win the game 3-2 and his manager was once again impressed.
"I had Richie as a young lad at Middlesbrough, where I gave him his full debut," said Mowbray.
"He's always been a warrior, he's always been a front-foot footballer.
"He plays with his heart on his sleeve and if we had 11 Richie Smallwoods we would go a long way.
"As I've always said, football is a balance. You need the speed, the creativity, the composure, the aggression, the power and Richie has a lot of those qualities.
"But it was the delicacy of Bradley Dack that opened them up to win the game I think."