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'Fabulous' Rothwell can improve further

Tony Mowbray has high hopes for the midfield playmaker after an impressive cameo against Millwall

15 September 2019

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Tony Mowbray believes the sky's the limit for Joe Rothwell, who he describes as a "fabulous footballer".

The playmaker has mainly been utilised off the bench this season for Rovers and provided another impressive cameo as a substitute against Millwall on Saturday.

The 24-year-old came close to bagging a goal himself midway through the second half, latching onto the end of Stewart Downing's pass before being denied by Polish goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

The boss was quick to discuss Rothwell's impact on the team and he certainly has high hopes for the Manchester United trainee.

“Joe Rothwell's another lad who this week all he’s done after training is work on his finishing because I’m telling him that he should play in our team but he has to add goals and create chances," Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers.

“If he does that then he probably will be in our team.

“His opportunity was a great chance for him to say ‘there’s one gaffer, that’s what we spoke about’.

“I like Joe Rothwell, I think he’s a fabulous footballer. I stand there for 20 minutes telling him to do his job out of possession and run back when you see a full back bombing on and he’s doing that.

“He’s working hard and if he adds goals and creativity to the team then he will be hard to leave out.

“He’s a good player, he rarely gives the ball away, he can drive past players, and he’s as fast as [Adam] Armstrong in our team when you look at the statistics in training every day," the boss added.

“He has some wonderful attributes and the job of myself and the coaching staff is to find the best position to realise Joe Rothwell’s assets.”

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