Tony Mowbray believes new signing Ben Gladwin will add a different dimension to Rovers’ forward line next season.
The attack-minded midfielder, who can play in a variety of positions, became Rovers’ fourth summer signing when he completed his move to Ewood Park from QPR.
Mowbray believes he has different qualities to fellow new boy Bradley Dack, who joined just 24 hours earlier from Gillingham, and he is looking forward to helping Gladwin recapture the form he showed at Swindon, who he helped reach the League One play-off final in 2015.
“He is a different type of player this lad,” said the Rovers boss. “He’s 6’2” and a powerhouse of a footballer really.
“When he gets in his stride and travelling with that ball he's very difficult to stop. He can shoot off both feet, he can play wide, he can play down the middle, he's just got all the raw assets really.
“I think he's lost his way a little bit at QPR, but he’s another player that I know can play at a higher level.
“I felt his quality at Swindon, where he had a very, very talented coach working with him and they built a good passing team, similar to the way that I would like to put a team together and I think he's going to look forward to it.
“I hope he looks forward to it. I think he likes challenges and likes to be tested and hopefully we can do that and find a variety of positions for him to play in and I'm sure he'll become a big asset for us and again a fans favourite I hope.”
A versatile midfielder, Gladwin enjoyed success at Swindon playing just behind the frontman and Mowbray is confident the 25-year-old can flourish in a similar system here at Ewood Park.
“As manager of Coventry, I felt his quality, playing behind our midfield, getting turned, travelling with the ball and I think he played what he's hopefully going to play with us,” added the manager.
“Luke Williams was the coach there at the time – a very talented young man who puts together football teams who play between the lines and find space and he'll hopefully flourish in the environment that we can create and with total respect to Swindon Town, hopefully we've got some better players than what Swindon had at the time to be able to get him the ball in those dangerous positions and he can hurt the opposition.
“So we're looking forward to working with him and looking forward to the challenge. I know he is. I’m delighted he's here and as I said about Bradley Dack, he’s another one who wants to really rekindle that spark of when he was really hot and get back to those levels.”
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