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Mowbray's stance on Nuttall

The boss says the striker has done enough to be considered for "every selection" from now on

8 November 2017

Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says Joe Nuttall has done enough to be considered for "every selection" from now on, but needs to keep working hard to stay there.

The striker, who caught the eye for Rovers' Under-23s earlier this season, has now scored three goals in his last three senior appearances.

After Nuttall found the net against Rochdale in midweek, Mowbray was asked whether the youngster has given him a selection headache.

“He’s already part of the first-team squad. He’s trained with us for the last couple of weeks every day, he said.

"Joe’s a young guy and it’s very important not to overburden him, but he’s done exceptionally well.

“What can’t he do? He can compete in the air, he can run in behind, he can hold the ball up, he can score with either foot and his head.

"So he’s going to be there or thereabouts in every selection from now on, as long as he keeps working as hard as he does.

“I watch as much of the Under-23s as I can. I’ve seen every home game and I’ve watched them away from home as well, and he knows where the back of the net is.

“The ball likes him in the box I think, which is telling me that he’s got good movement, good anticipation and I can see what he brings to any football team.

“The levels are what you have to find. He’s shown that at Under-23 level can cope with that no problem. 

"He’s showing at League One level that he can cope, so let’s wait and see how he moves on and hopefully moves forward.

“We’ll see how much he impacts the first team."


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