Blackburn Rovers boss, Tony Mowbray has made a number of bold selection calls this season in the Championship, and some have paid off, whereas some haven’t.
But his latest call will certainly raise debate amongst the Blackburn supporters, with it emerging that Ben Brereton is set for regular game time in the under 23’s side according to Mowbray in an exclusive event with 1875 club members only (quotes sourced from Rovers Chat).
Brereton has struggled to adjust to life with Mowbray’s side, since joining from Nottingham Forest and is yet to score for Blackburn this season.
As a striker, this will be a huge concern for everyone associated with the club, including Brereton himself.
The forward still has age on his side, and will certainly feel as though he could benefit from regular minutes with the under 23’s side.
If he can score goals at this level, then he would return to the first-team starting XI full of confidence, which is something he is evidently lacking at this moment in time.
He has already shown, that when he is confident in front of goal, he is a natural goalscorer, and he’ll be keen to recapture that form at the earliest of opportunities.
Otherwise, his long-term future at Ewood Park could be in limbo, which is something he certainly won’t want to happen at this stage of his career.
This can only be a good thing for Brereton, and he needs to build those confidence levels back up, as he isn’t going to be of much use to Tony Mowbray’s side for the remainder of this year’s campaign if he can’t score goals.
Mowbray’s decision might be a controversial and bold one, but in the long-term it will only benefit Brereton in his development as a player in the professional game.