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'He's done exceptionally well'

Tony Mowbray's praise for David Raya - a year on from handing him the gloves

14 April 2018

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Twelve months ago today, David Raya was handed the gloves by manager Tony Mowbray and the young Spaniard hasn't looked back since.

The 22-year-old made his first league start under the Rovers boss at Nottingham Forest on April 14th 2017 - a game Mowbray's men would go on to win 1-0.

Raya was entrusted for the final five games of last season - conceding just twice in the process - before being handed the number one shirt at the start of the current campaign.

The young keeper has responded to the faith shown in him, playing every minute of every league game, and contributing a league-high 16 clean sheets to the cause, including six in his last nine games.

His impressive performances were rewarded with a new long-term contract with the club on February 1st and also a place in the EFL Team of the Season for Sky Bet League One earlier this month. 

Mowbray believes Raya has done 'exceptionally well' for Rovers this season, but insists there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“I think he’s a young goalkeeper still," said the Rovers boss.

“He’s learning his trade, but he's learning it in the harsh environment of League One football.

“I think he’s doing exceptionally well. I have spoken before about the traits that he's got that I really like.

"He’s a fast-twitch goalkeeper, he’s explosive, his distribution can get better, but it’s still very, very good.

“Lots of aspects of his game need to improve, but he's still a young goalie and he’s done exceptionally well this year for us to establish himself.”


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