Tony Mowbray is backing Ben Brereton to be a big success at Ewood Park after the striker penned a permanent deal at the club.
Brereton has been a regular in the squad since arriving from Nottingham Forest on an initial loan deal in the summer, and is yet to find the net for the club.
But his manager has plenty of faith in his ability, and believes that the 19-year-old will be a terrific signing for the club both short-term and long-term.
“I want Ben to learn from Danny [Graham]," Tony said to iFollow Rovers. They are both good mates who get along really well with each other.
“Danny’s taken him under his wing a little bit, and to put it into context, Bradley Dack is four or five years older than Ben and Bradley’s seen as a young footballer.
“He’s still a young, young boy who has plenty of years to develop. I believe that Ben Brereton will be a huge asset for our football club.
“He scores goals galore in training when we watch him and the lads love his personality.
“At this moment he can’t get in front of Dack or Graham in the frontline, and I’ve been playing him out wide at times this term.
“Ultimately he will play down the middle and will score goals. There is no rush from me to put him in the team due to the cost. He’s a long-term investment for the club who will score goals and help this club progress.
“One day, if it suits all parties, he will move on from this club at a huge profit. We will continue to buy young players to help make this team successful."
Ben joins for an undisclosed fee from Forest, and Tony adds that the forward will be worth every penny once the teenager evolves further as a Rovers player.
“I judge him on the player I know," he said.
"We spent the money because it was there and Ben Brereton was available. The potential is there every day right in front of our eyes, but that’s all it is at the moment.
“We need to grow his personality and become a leader, which are traits he will learn from Danny Graham, Craig Conway and Charlie Mulgrew, in understanding what it means to play for this club and to lead for this club.
“People should have patience. What is the price in the context of modern day football? I’m delighted he’s part of our group and I look forward to the years of goals from Ben.
“To be fair to Ben, he needs to be on the pitch to score. We have difficult decisions when it comes to taking Danny Graham off the pitch because he does such a great job for us.
“Ben will get gametime and will start games, and I see the potential in him."