Tony Mowbray shares thoughts on Kasey Palmer's Blackburn Rovers exit

Tony Mowbray the head coach

Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer was recalled from his Blackburn Rovers loan.

Tony Mowbray manager of Blackburn Rovers during the Pre-Season Friendly between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool  at Ewood Park on July 19, 2018 in Blackburn, England.

Tony Mowbray has suggested Blackburn Rovers won’t miss the absence of Kasey Palmer after he was recalled by parent club Chelsea before citing Joe Rothwell as a potential replacement, Lancashire Telegraph report.

“Kasey was a loan player, he filled a position, but if we didn’t replace him, I don’t think it would be an issue. Kasey was brought in in case Bradley (Dack) picked up an injury. He prefers to play as a 10, behind the striker, but he never really forced his way beyond Bradley,” Mowbray explained.

“We’ve talked about the likes of Joe Rothwell, who does amazingly well in training, sometimes you can’t get the ball off him when he runs with that right foot. Sometimes they need opportunities.”


Blackburn signed Palmer on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea in the summer, but the attacking midfielder only managed 10 starts with the majority of those in a more unfamiliar wide role.

The Blues evidently felt his loan at Ewood Park wasn’t going to plan as he was recalled, and now Palmer has since joined fellow Championship side Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.

Rovers have one of the best Championship players in Bradley Dack playing the number 10 role, linking up with Danny Graham in attack with the likes of Adam Armstrong and Harrison Reed filling in wide roles.

11th August 2018, Ewood Park, Blackburn, England; EFL Championship football, Blackburn Rovers versus Millwall; Kasey Palmer of Blackburn Rovers holds off the challenge of George Saville of...

Rothwell, 24, has made just five starts for Blackburn this term but Palmer’s departure could provide him with more opportunities to feature should Dack pick up an injury or suspension.

Mowbray’s comments suggest Rothwell could step up rather than dipping into the market again, though the former Manchester United academy product must show more consistency when given the chance.

Joe Rothwell of Blackburn Rovers controls the ball during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers at Vitality Stadium on September 25, 2018 in...

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