Mowbray urges caution over new signing

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has revealed his delight after signing ‘raw talent’ Ben Brereton from Nottingham Forest.

The 19-year-old came through Forest’s academy before making the first of 53 Championship appearances in 2017.

He helped England’s Under-19s win the European Championship in 2017 and is regarded as one of the nation’s bright talents.

However, he had fallen down the pecking order at the City Ground and agreed to join Rovers earlier this week on loan.

The Lancashire outfit will sign him up permanently in January and Mowbray feels Brereton has plenty to offer although he is reluctant to put too much pressure on the youngster.

Mowbray told the club’s official website: ‘I see raw talent. He’s six foot three, he can travel with the ball, he can dribble, he can power past people, he can run without it, he can create, he can cross, he can shoot, he can affect football matches.

‘Let’s forget about the price now and concentrate on the player. He’s a 19-year-old boy. We’re not going to burden him and expect him to win games on his own.

‘Let’s be excited about him coming but let’s not burden him with a huge expectation, because he’s 19.

‘There will be games where he doesn’t start and has to affect the game off the bench. There’ll be other games where we have to hope he can make the difference in the game.

‘Let’s just give him time to settle in to our club, to get to know the lads, to move to a new area, to find accommodation and not over-burden him with expectation too early.’