Tony Mowbray says forward Adam Armstrong has nothing to prove to Newcastle United ahead of today's cup clash with the Magpies.
Armstrong, a self confessed supporter of his hometown club, returns to St James' Park for the first time since moving to Rovers on a permanent deal in the summer.
He came through the ranks to turn pro for the Tynesiders after joining as a nine-year-old, but Mowbray feels the 21-year-old won't have anything to prove to Rafa Benitez and the home fans.
“Adam is a young guy, who, when you are talking about a Premier League club, he probably wasn’t ready to play for Newcastle United," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers.
“The managers at the football club decided that a 19-year-old boy wasn’t ready to bang the goals in for Newcastle United that the likes of Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer did before him.
“Whilst Adam might have thought differently, the managers felt otherwise and he’s here now, attempting to fill another number nine shirt that has history with Alan Shearer.
“He’s 21 and has a massive career in front of him. He needs to learn off Danny’s experience.
“I hope Arma will show how talented he is, and I’m sure Rafa Benitez knows just how talented he is. Adam couldn’t get in front of [Salomon] Rondon, who has been a very expensive footballer over the years.
“Sometimes players have to go away and build their careers. That’s part and parcel of football."