Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says Amari'i Bell proved his worth during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Northampton.
The defender replaced the injured Charlie Mulgrew after a quarter of an hour at Ewood Park and enjoyed a standout debut at left-back, a performance for which he was named Man of the Match.
Asked about Amari'i after the game, Mowbray was full of praise for the 23-year-old's display, though he acknowledged that it came at a cost.
“We knew about the talent he has and that’s why we worked so hard to bring him here," Tony said.
"He’s a quality footballer and he’s going to be a massive attribute to this football club moving forward.
“It’s really difficult when you’re playing against a defence with every man in the box.
“I thought Amari’I showed the talent he possesses and I lost count of how many balls we put into their box.
“We’re obviously disappointed about the injury to Charlie because he’s been fantastic for us this season, he’s been a real leader and star in the team.”