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Mowbray's delight at Brereton deal

The boss cannot wait to work with the highly-rated England youth international at Rovers

29 August 2018

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Manager Tony Mowbray is excited by the potential Ben Brereton has to offer, but is keen not to burden him with too much expectation too soon.

The England Under-19 international was introduced to the Ewood Park crowd during the half-time interval of last night's Carabao Cup victory over Lincoln City after joining from Nottingham Forest on an initial loan deal.

The Rovers boss believes the highly-rated youngster has all the raw attributes to develop into a top talent, but has urged for patience as the teenager sets out on a new chapter in his burgeoning career.

Mowbray insists that Brereton will have to work hard in order to get into the team, but is confident the 19-year-old will flourish in a Rovers shirt, once he has settled into his new surroundings.

"I see raw talent," said the manager to iFollow Rovers following the 4-1 victory over the Imps.

"He's six foot three, he can travel with the ball, he can dribble, he can power past people, he can run without it, he can create, he can cross, he can shoot, he can affect football matches.

"I think it's just too good an opportunity for us to turn down. We had the money to spend and when you've got it, let's spend it. Let's add quality to the existing squad of players we've got.

"Let's forget about the price now and concentrate on the player. He's a 19-year-old boy. We're not going to burden him and expect him to win games on his own.

"We're going to expect him to work hard and be part of an attacking line with Danny Graham, Adam Armstrong, Bradley Dack, Kasey Palmer, Elliott Bennett and Craig Conway.

"There's the competition. He's got to try and get in our team first and foremost.

"Let's put him on the pitch at some stage, let's get the ball to him and let's see if he can help us score some goals and create some chances.

"He's a great kid, he just loves football. I talk about Bradley (Dack) loving the game and this kid just wants to play.

"Let's be excited about him coming, but let's not burden him with a huge expectation, because he's 19.

"There will be games where he doesn't start and has to affect the game off the bench. There'll be other games where we have to hope he can make the difference in the game.

"Let's just give him time to settle in to our club, to get to know the lads, to move to a new area, to find accommodation and not over-burden him with expectation too early."

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