Tony Mowbray handed Adam Armstrong his first real run of first team football when he signed him on loan for Coventry City back in the summer of 2015.
Fast forward just over four years and the frontman is now set for his 200th career appearance at the tender age of only 22.
The Geordie bagged an impressive 20 goals from 38 league starts for the Sky Blues under Mowbray's guidance, which promted the boss to take him to Ewood Park, initially on loan, in January 2018.
“I came across him at Coventry a good few years ago now and it was his explosive pace from standing still that really caught the eye," he said when reflecting on his relationship with the dominutive frontman.
“The ability to shoot off both feet was another thing, and he still has a lot to learn, I feel. He needs to work on when to stand still, when to try and beat the man, but he’s a willing learned who wants to improve and get better.
“To reach 200 at his age, it’s an impressive achievement. Let’s hope he stays fit and keeps going."
“He’s such a team player and a lad who wants to please. He feels that he has a responsibility for the team both offensively and defensively.
“He’s still only young and needs to understand, especially with Holtby and Rothwell in the building, that there is competition for his place.
“There’s still massive improvement in him and he needs to add goals to his position as well."
And the boss adds that the former Newcastle United trainee should take inspiration from Manchester City's England attacker Raheem Sterling.
Sterling's form and development has seen him turn into a 20-goal-a-season flanker, and Mowbray has told Armstrong to watch the Premier League star's movement to add to his own game.
“I think someone like Raheem Sterling should be an inspiration to him," he said.
"He went from being a good winger to being potent in front of goal under Pep Guardiola.
“I think Adam will ultimately be a centre forward, but at this moment he plays in the wide areas. He needs to be more natural out wide and get in the box.
“We see Sterling get so many tap ins at the back post and that’s what Adam needs to do more. We need others to provide for him sometimes.
“That’s part of his learning process and the demands of the modern game, because with the attributes he has, he has the ability to be a top player."