Tony Mowbray still believes Nottingham Forest let a quality player go in Ben Brereton

Arsenal's English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (L) controls the ball past Nottingham Forest's English striker Ben Brereton during the English FA Cup third round football match between...

Blackburn Rovers paid big money to take Ben Brereton from Nottingham Forest last summer.

Tony Mowbray manager of Blackburn Rovers gives his team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on May 7, 2017 in...

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has told the Lancashire Telegraph that Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton could still develop into a brilliant player.

Blackburn spent £7 million to bring in Brereton from Forest last summer, and at the moment it appears the Reds have got the better of the deal.

The England youth international has struggled to find the back of the net since leaving the City Ground.

 

However, Mowbray insists that Brereton can still go on to fulfil his potential at Blackburn.

“The owners agreed on what the money was going to be and then it was down to me to spend it where I wanted,” the Rovers boss said.

“I could have bought six or seven players for £1m each, whatever we paid for Ben, or we buy a talent that we think is going to be a massive asset for the football club down the line.

Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on...

“When that comes to the fore next season then Brereton will be playing as a No.9 at times, us sliding down balls down the side of centre halves for him to dart on the end of and dribble.”

Brereton is still only 19, so he has plenty of time on his side to make an impact at Ewood Park.

However, it is difficult to ignore the fact that he hasn’t scored a league goal since leaving Forest.

The Reds, meanwhile, have invested the Brereton money well - with his replacement, Lewis Grabban, proving to prolific for Martin O’Neill’s side this term.

Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in Birmingham,...

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