Tony Mowbray believes new signing Dominic Samuel is a young man with a big future in football ahead of him.
Having progressed through the youth ranks at Reading, the 23-year-old has spent much of his professional career out on loan, with spells at Colchester, Dagenham & Redbridge, Coventry, Gillingham and Ipswich.
After completing a permanent switch to Ewood Park, Mowbray hopes his new recruit can fulfil the potential he showed when the pair worked together at Coventry, where Samuel scored six times in 12 starts.
I’m looking forward to having him on board and looking forward to putting a different type of ammunition into our team.
“It’s time for him to show that now,” said the Rovers boss.
“He’s had a few loan deals. He finished the season last year at Ipswich Town. He’d obviously been to Coventry, he’d been to Gillingham, so he played with Bradley (Dack) and they combined very well.
“I don’t think that we’re buying the finished article. I think we’re buying a young guy with raw attributes that we’re going to try and polish into a more finished product.
“I say that not to put pressure on him that he has to come and bang in 20 goals this season, I say that because I think he has the ability to do that, and yet there’s lots of improvement in him and we’ve got to try and get the best out of him.
“He’s only 23, he’s got a long way to go. When I had him at Coventry, he was 20-21. He was just a boy really. He’ll be more mature now, hopefully he’ll be stronger and hopefully more hungry for goals, so let’s see how it goes.
“I’m looking forward to having him on board and looking forward to putting a different type of ammunition into our team.
“I think the team’s coming together, but I do feel to finish it off we need some speed and some athleticism at the top end of the pitch, which will hurt and damage the opposition at times. Dominic is a part of that and hopefully we’ll add some more as we go along.”