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Tony's transfer window reflections

The boss discusses his business and loaning out Ward and Wharton

2 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray says he is happy with Rovers' business in the January transfer window and feels his side are well set for the promotion push in the coming months.

Mowbray bolstered his squad in the month, with Adam Armstrong and Jack Payne two additions who will add further pace and craft.
But apart from that, he's happy with the majority of his side having qualities to play in more than one position and showing their versatile side.
“We’d done the business that we wanted," Tony said. "Amari’i [Bell] was the last piece of the jigsaw, really. Adam [Armstrong] has shown flexibility, Jack Payne has shown he can play in a number of positions, Elliott Bennett has shown that flexibility, and the same goes for Dominic [Samuel] and [Marcus] Antonsson in playing in more than one position.
“We feel as if we’re okay. Darragh [Lenihan] is a week away from being back in the squad and Charlie [Mulgrew] will hopefully be a week after that. [Ben] Gladwin and Antonsson are a similar amount of time.
“[Ryan] Nyambe can play centre half as well and excelled there a few weeks ago with his pace and power. Derrick [Williams] can also play at centre half and has shown his quality there.
With Eliott Ward and Scott Wharton both loaned out in the final two days of the window, Mowbray believes it's a chance for both of them for different reasons.
"Elliott Ward is out of contract in the summer, he’s a 33-year-old and did very well for us at the start of the season. It’s an opportunity for Elliott to get himself another contract for next season.
“I felt we had enough cover in that area and he was finding himself dropping off the 18-man matchday squad," Tony added.
“Scott Wharton needs men's football. For his own development he needs to test himself at an environment. They are fighting for promotion at Lincoln and they get crowds of 8,000-9,000, so it’ll be a real good test for him.
"I hope he comes back in the summer, sticks his chest out and says that he’s ready to play for Blackburn Rovers, whatever league we’re in."

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