Darren Moore has been talking up his newest recruit, Wolverhampton Wanderers loan player Niall Ennis, as reported by the Doncaster Free Press.
Rovers opened their season with a 1-1 draw against Gillingham this weekend, looking to replicate the play-off success of last season. They finished inside the top six, setting up an exciting semi-final with Charlton in which they were edged out on penalties.
They benefitted from the additions of Mallik Wilks and Herbie Kane last season, two loan players from Leeds and Liverpool respectively. Moore is hoping that Ennis can have a similar impact this season, once he’s settled into the squad.
“He’s got wonderful speed, wonderful close control and he’s got an eye for goal,” he said following the attacker’s debut this weekend.
“He’s just arrived so give him time to settle down but he’s a wonderful young exciting player. Once he gets into training and get working with him, he’ll understand.”
The former West Brom boss believes he needs time to work with Ennis if he’s to see an impact on Doncaster’s fortunes.
“I’ve got to try to unleash that potential in him. We’ve signed a really, really good prospect.
“Niall played a good part for 25 minutes or so and showed glimpses of the potential we see in him. Hopefully, there’s more to come.”
20-year-old Ennis has been capped by England up to Under 19 level and has previously had a loan spell with Shrewsbury, albeit appearing just twice after suffering a serious knee injury.
If Niall Ennis is going to have a similar impact as either of last year’s loan signings, he’s going to have to work tremendously hard. Mallik Wilks grabbed plenty of goals whilst Kane really drove on from the middle of the park.
Ennis isn’t yet proven in senior football, he’s barely played any matches outside the Under 23 setup at Wolves and he might take time to adjust.
Having seen John Marquis leave, this is a big season for Rovers. On paper, they look weaker than last time out and should struggle. However, in Moore they have a popular manager who has taken charge of a club at a higher level.
It’s going to be an interesting month as their squad takes shape and by the end of it, Niall Ennis could be a little down the pecking order.