The Mid-Season Ratings: How have Armstrong, Elliott and Co fared this season?

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The victory over Birmingham City on Saturday indicated the half-way point of the 2020-21 season, one that has been like no other with the current situation around the world.

It has been a season of ups and downs for Rovers, as expected, with Tony Mowbray’s men sitting five points off the top six – although that tally could become eight if Watford and Middlesbrough win their relative match in hand.

On Monday, we asked for you – the readers of Rovers Chat – to submit your ratings, which will be revealed inside this piece, as will ours.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their ratings. and let’s get started.

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Goalkeepers

Thomas Kaminski 8.5

An excellent start to life at Rovers and in English football for Thomas Kaminski. A keeper you can have confidence in makes the world of difference. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, has pulled off some impressive saves and rarely puts a foot wrong. The signing of the summer for Tony Mowbray in my eyes.

Your rating: 8.16


Defenders

Ryan Nyambe 7.5

A positive season for Nyambe, and one that has shown we must get him tied down to a new contract, even just for the fact of getting a proper fee for him in the next couple of seasons. Doubled his tally of assists for the club already this season (making three in 2020-21, six overall) and as solid as ever defensively.

Your Rating: 7.54

Derrick Williams 7

Had injury issues, limiting him to ten appearances, but Williams has been a solid defender when featuring. I’d argue he’s been our best centre-back this season, and Rovers will feel his absence before the end of the season. Unclear where his future lies, but a good option to have in the squad.

Your Rating: 5.98

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Daniel Ayala 5.5

He’s had his good games, and maybe I was expecting too much, but he doesn’t seem to be up to the standard you’d expect. Seems comfortable on the ball, but his positioning is questionable at times.

Your Rating: 5.16

Barry Douglas 5

Not been up to the level we expect. Calm on the ball and has a good eye for a pass, but defensively. questions have to be asked of him. The Birmingham performance gives us hope that he can put a run together of positive performances, and hopefully it was just a lack of game time at Leeds that saw a slow start here.

Your Rating: 5.12

Amari’i Bell 6

One that I’d file under frustrating. He has the talent in there, which he has shown in glimpses, but not enough. If you could combine his and Barry Douglas’ attributes, we’d have the perfect Championship full-back on our hands.

Your Rating: 5.65

Darragh Lenihan 6

A mixed season for Darragh. He wasn’t at the races in the first block of games, and probably would’ve been dropped if not for injuries, but he’s improved as the season has gone along. Also been more vocal in recent weeks, leading the back line better.

Your Rating: 5.86

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Scott Wharton 7.5

Gutted for Scott that his Achilles injury ended his season. Despite a lack of experience at this level, he has been impressive and looks at home in the Championship. His calmness on the ball is sometimes absent in young defenders.

Your Rating: 7.19


Midfielders

Bradley Johnson 7.5

Had an incredible first month, and despite not reaching those level of performances since, he has had a good season. Been asked to fill in at centre-half on a couple of occasions and hasn’t looked out of place. His experience will be key heading into the second half of the season.

Your Rating: 6.72

Stewart Downing 6

A hard one to give a rating to. Yet to make a start for the team since his return, but hasn’t really put a foot wrong when appearing off the bench. Hope to see him play more of a part in the last couple of months.

Your Rating: 6.02

Joe Rothwell 7.5

Seems to have added the end product that supporters – including myself – have been craving for. Sometimes guilty of going missing in matches, but a positive first half of the season for Rothwell nonetheless.

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Your Rating: 7.25

Lewis Holtby 6.5

A mixed season for the German. He seemed to be settled in the side in the ‘anchor’ role in the first half of the season, but has struggled in the last couple of months. Needs to be more involved goals-wise as well.

Your Rating: 6.12

Harry Chapman 4.5

Limited to substitute appearances, like the rest of his second spell at the club, and has struggled to make an impact. His loan move to Shrewsbury is the perfect move for him to show what he can do again.

Your Rating: 4.26

Harvey Elliott 9

A 17 year-old with ten goal contributions in 18 league fixtures – nothing short of incredible. He is such a talented youngster who has the world at his feet, and will undoubtedly represent his country at senior level in the future. His eye for a pass is special, and he knows where the net is as well. Very impressed.

Your Rating: 8.37

Jacob Davenport 7

One I have wanted to see in the first team picture for a while, and he’s showing why. Impressed off the bench a couple of times, and most recently in his first start against Birmingham. It’s not time to get too excited about him just yet, but promising signs.

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Your Rating: 6.89

Tom Trybull 6

A mixed bag for the German. Came with such praise from Norwich fans and he has shown it, but just not enough. Chances could be limited with Travis returning, so any appearances must be made the most of.

Your Rating: 5.86

John Buckley 6

Although mainly featuring off the bench, his rating from our readers is slightly harsh. He’s not a midfielder who’ll come on and get the winning goal often, but one who does the unnoticed work. Filled in at right-back a couple of times as well.

Your Rating: 5.56

Joe Rankin-Costello 7

A player who Rovers have missed whilst injured. Can play almost anywhere, never underperforms and provides an outlet going forward. Nothing spectacular, but solid performances all round for JRC and will be a welcomed returnee.

Your Rating: 6.77

Corry Evans 5.5

Another tough one to rate. Blows hot and cold with his performances, and spends large periods on the treatment table. A good squad member to have around, but not one who I can see starting much upon his return.

Your Rating: 4.77

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Tyrhys Dolan 7.5

A really good season for Dolan, and one I don’t think many expected. Thrown in after an impressive pre-season and made the most of his chance. His gametime has been limited with the form of Brereton and Elliott, but that doesn’t take away from his season so far – and what about that Preston goal?!

Your Rating: 7.26


Forwards

Adam Armstrong 9.5 (PLAYER OF THE SEASON – SO FAR)

An electric season for the Angel of the North. Seventeen – yes, seventeen – goals in all competitions by the midway point is unbelievable, and he has improved on last season with his playing style massively. You can bemoan the number of offsides he has, but his goals have this team where they are, and that’s what matters.

Your Rating: 8.91

Sam Gallagher 6.5

One word – frustrating. Shows signs of what he can do, coming off the bench to grab a couple of goals, but he doesn’t make enough of his starts. The ability is there for Gally, he just needs to show it a little more.

Your Rating: 6.40

Ben Brereton 8

Looks like a completely different player to the last two seasons. Full of confident, creates and scores chances, and an important player. We missed him during his injury, and I hope he can get back to what he was doing before it.

Your Rating: 7.98

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