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Boss: It's just the start for David

"We’ve given him a new deal because we believe in him," Tony says...

1 February 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has heaped the praise on David Raya after the goalkeeper penned a new deal at the club on Thursday.

The Spaniard has been an ever-present between the sticks this season, and will remain at Ewood Park until 2021 after signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract.

Raya has earned praise from fellow players and fans alike for his performances in 2017/18, and Mowbray believes the plaudits are justified.

“We’re really pleased. David has played a lot of consecutive games for the team now and I think we’ve secured his potential," he said.

“He’s a very good player, a top goalkeeper. He’s only 22, which is only young in goalkeeping terms so he’s got lots to develop still.

“Ben Benson [first-team goalkeeping coach] has been working hard every day with David and the other keepers.

“It’s an integral part of any football club to have the goalkeeping department functioning well.

"They’re all working hard and trying to improve and David fits into that. He’s working hard to get better every day.

Tony believes his number one will only continue to get better with experience, and says increased competition further down the line will aid that improvement.

"He’s not a big, stiff goalkeeper who dominates his goal, he’s a fast, live keeper who can pounce on things," the manager added.

"He’s very athletic, he’s a great shot-stopper and his distribution is good too. He’s had some amazing assists with his distribution and the consistency will come as he develops and gets more experience.

“We’ve given him a new deal because we believe in him. He’s only going to get better and better so let’s see how he develops.

“Along the way, he’ll have competition from underneath with the likes of Fisher coming through, and if we got promoted we might bring a senior keeper in to create real competition.

“He’s got the ability so it’s up to him to keep working hard. It’s a hugely important position, it’s a concentration thing and it’s about knowing when to get involved and when to let defenders deal with things.

“Sometimes experience helps them know these things. He needs to stay grounded and continue to work hard, appreciate his qualities and work on his weaknesses." 


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