Blackburn Rovers midfielder Joe Rothwell is yet to nail down a place in Tony Mowbray’s starting 11, with competition rife for a spot in the midfield week in week out.

Rovers midfielders Richie Smallwood, Corry Evans, Elliott Bennett and Harrison Reed have all played an important role in helping Blackburn Rovers climb to 10th place in the Championship – losing just two games along the way. The form of his fellow midfielders has meant that starting chances have been hard to come by for Joe Rothwell – who joined from Oxford United in the summer.

However, if Rothwell keeps putting in performances like he did in Rovers’ last League game against Bolton Wanderers, manager Tony Mowbray will have a difficult decision to make over who starts in the middle of the park for his side.

Rothwell wants to keep putting his name into the mix for a start. He spoke to the club website ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leeds United.

“It’s difficult for the boss. He can only pick 11 players to start every game and I understand that,” Rothwell said.
“When you do get the chance you have to take it. When I have played I feel as if I have planted a seed in his head.
“I’ve showed that I am ready to play for him when I’m called upon.
“If you aren’t starting but get the chance to come on then you need to show what you can do. One of my strengths is picking up the ball and running at players and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
“When it doesn’t come off it doesn’t stop me from trying again.
“Coming into the club it was a bit of a shock to the system regarding how the boss likes to play,” Rothwell said as he assessed himself honestly.
“It took me about a month to get used to it, but I’m fully up to speed now.”

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