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Dack can play at highest level

Tony Mowbray praised the midfielder following his goal against Portsmouth

24 October 2017

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Tony Mowbray believes Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack is talented enough to play at the highest level, and has tipped him to be a "big player" for the club this season.

Dack has been named Man of the Match in successive games following goals against Plymouth and Portsmouth respectively.

The 23-year-old also netted against league leaders Shrewsbury last month, and Mowbray is in no doubt that he could eventually compete in the top tier of English football.

"I’m pretty sure if he stays fit and keeps working as hard as he is, he’s going score a lot of goals, well into double figures, if not towards 20, without putting too much pressure on him," the manager said.

“I just see it in training every day. He's a natural finisher and technically our most gifted footballer, who can shift it onto both feet and hit without thinking.

"I have a laugh with him about his heading. He's had three or four chances with his head this year that he could have scored and maybe should have scored.

"He's a wonderful talent, he's a nice lad and I'm just trying to make him aware of the professionalism required if he wants to go and play in the Premier League one day.

"You have to give your life to football. You have to work hard, eat the right foods, sleep right, live properly and undoubtedly he has the talent to play at the highest level."

Asked about Dack's recent run of goalscoring form, the boss says there's more to the midfielder's game than just putting the ball in the net.

"I'm delighted for Bradley," Mowbray added. "His finish against Portmouth was just pure quality, but I expect Bradley to score when he gets into those situations.

"He's a real talent who will hopefully come to the fore and I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes for the rest of the season.

“I know he’s got high quality. I’ve been with opposition teams against him and felt his cleverness, his first touch, his ability to travel with the ball and his ability to shoot with both feet.

“He's 23 and he’s going to be a big player for this club moving forward. I’m pleased for him. He scored in midweek and he scored again at the weekend."

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