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Tony: Let battle commence!

The boss discusses his long-term left back dilemma, with competition for places

22 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray says Amari'i Bell will play against Reading this evening, and now he has the starting berth at left back, he has to make sure he's there to stay.

Bell, who arrived from Fleetwood Town in the January transfer window, has started the last few games in the back four with Derrick Williams out with a troublesome foot injury.
The 24-year-old impressed at Carlisle and at Hull City in particular, and Tony's looking forward to the battle between him and Derrick for the position.
“I said at the start of the season that there would be genuine competition at left back after we brought him in January. Derrick was already established in the position so it was going to be difficult for Amari’i to break in," the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers.
“It was a fresh start for everyone in the summer. Players were competing from pre-season, and after Derrick’s injury, Amari’i has an opportunity. As I have said, he did exceptionally well at the weekend and against Millwall a week previously.
“Let’s keep going and see what unfolds in front of us. If Amari’i keep doing well then he’ll stay in the team. If the team keeps functioning then that’s what will happen."
With different teams bringing different challenges to Rovers, the boss has also added that there may well be some rotation in that position, with both Bell and Williams having different strengths.
“We’ll assess every opponent. Derrick is physically a bigger human being and is great when it comes to playing against long ball teams, which means he may get a recall against those type of sides," Mowbray said.
“Otherwise, as footballers understand, when an opportunity comes you have to grab it, and at the moment Amari’i is doing exceptionally well."

Don't forget, Rovers are back in action on Wednesday 22nd August when Reading head to Ewood Park and you can get tickets for the clash against the Royals by clicking here.


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