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Young pair edging closer to a first team outing

There is good news from the boss for both Harry Chapman and Jacob Davenport...

28 March 2019

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Tony Mowbray has revealed that young midfield duo Harry Chapman and Jacob Davenport are getting closer to a first team outing.

Chapman, who returned to Ewood Park in the January transfer window from Middlesbrough, is yet to appear in Mowbray's first team due to fitness issues.

Elsewhere, Davenport hasn't had much luck with injuries since becoming our second summer signing in 2018, putting pen-to-paper and joining from Manchester City.

But the boss has confirmed that there are better times ahead for both his starlets.

“Davenport and Chapman train every day with us," Tony began.

"They were with the Under-23s for around six weeks and played five or six times during that period.

“They’re back training with the first team group on a regular basis now and are almost ready, not for Villa, but we’ll see how the next 10 days go and make a decision on whether they’ll be part of the squad.

“Hopefully we’ll see both of them on the pitch before the end of the season."

And discussing the potential of Davenport, Mowbray has urged the Rovers supporters to be patient with the 20-year-old, who the manager believes will take a little while to get up to speed when he does make his long-awaited first team bow.

“He’s a good player, Jacob. I think psychologically it’s been very tough for him, arriving at Blackburn Rovers from Manchester City after a really productive loan spell at Burton Albion," he added.

“It’s been injury after injury since he arrived, but he’s back training with us again. He probably needs to play in a three-man midfield until he gets up to speed.

“He has a sweet left foot, can manipulate the ball and pass the ball around for us. Again, I wouldn’t be sitting here thinking that he’ll be a kingpin in midfield, he’ll be more of a cog in the wheel.

“He can be one of three, that’s how I see Jacob really."

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