Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is delighted with how Harry Pickering has settled in at Ewood Park, impressing in training and a pre-season friendly.
Rovers swooped for the 22-year-old last January, acquiring his services for a reported £650k from esteemed player farm Crewe Alexandra. His arrival in the first team was delayed as he was loaned back to the League One club for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
There is some expectation on his shoulders with Amari’i Bell and Barry Douglas moving on, the left back berth is vacant for him to grab with both hands, it would appear that is exactly what he is doing.
The wily gaffer had this to say in an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph: “I judge him on what I’ve seen the last few weeks. He’s an exceptionally talented footballer with a great personality, he fits into our group really, really well. I can only see positives from him and sure he’s a personality that will grow into the team.”
It has been a stuttering start to the window for Rovers due to a transfer embargo, however that situation has eased and they can now get on with pursuing their targets. At the time of writing Pickering is the only new name to the squad that has seen 11 players depart it this summer.
Pickering was an excellent pickup in January, if you pardon the pun, and should acclimatise to Championship football seamlessly. But it is questionable whether Mowbray is merely looking to take the attention away from the lack of incoming signings by raving about his one effective addition to the squad.
It will be a busy few weeks before the big kick-off for the recruitment team, however with the stature of the club, an experienced manager and a play-off pushing squad in the foundations, they should attract some talented players. Pickering is a strong start to their business ahead of 2021/22 albeit occurring seven months ago.