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Decision to make on Chapman

Tony Mowbray says he has to make a choice on the winger's short-term future

12 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray says its a big next couple of months for young winger Harry Chapman.

The Hartlepool-born flanker has found game time in the first team hard to come by since re-signing from Middlesbrough in January 2019.

He's featured once under Mowbray this term, coming on as a substitute against Oldham Athletic back in August in the Carabao Cup.

The 22-year-old has featured heavily for Billy Barr's Development Squad side this term and has weighed in with some vital goals and assists from the wide areas.

And whilst Mowbray confirms that Chapman is getting closer to a first team squad spot, he also says he's got a dilemma regarding whether to send him out on loan in January or keep him at Ewood Park.

“He’s maturing as a lad I feel," he said to iFollow Rovers when asked about Chapman's development.

"He’s not someone who understands how important football is rather than thinking turning up and doing a few dribbles is enough.

“I really like Harry Chapman, that’s the reason he’s here. The seriousness of football is something that he has to know.

“He has to do what he’s good at, work hard, and if he does that then he won’t be far away from getting himself back in first team contention.

“We’ll see how he impacts the team in the next few weeks and decide what’s best for him in January. Hopefully he will help the team off the bench," he added.

“If he does that consistently then he’ll get starts as well."

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