Talking Points: The bargain Belgian, defensive improvements and Sam Gallagher

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Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points as Rovers pick up a point against league leaders Norwich City...

The Belgian Bargain

We’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again, what a signing Thomas Kaminski has turned out to be.

The reports weren’t as glowing as we would have liked from the Gent supporters, but the Belgian ‘keeper has been the signing of the season and he should be picking up the fans’ Player Of The Season award come May.

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Making six saves – including three from the threatening Teemu Pukki – saw Kaminski play a massive role in Rovers’ efforts to take a point from Carrow Road.

For the fee we paid, Kaminski has been one of Mowbray’s best signings during his time with Rovers, and the European scouting system has worked wonders finding Thomas.

Let’s get him tied down to a proper contract. His presence provides a solid base for Rovers, and having confidence in your ‘keeper is only a positive thing for the defence.

Defensive consistency

It was a lapse in concentration that saw Norwich City score, but we was going to concede against a Norwich side that are simply too good for the Championship, and there is no shame in that.

The partnership that Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Darragh Lenihan have formed is a strong one and we look much more assured in recent weeks. It would be brilliant if Rovers could bring the Manchester City youngster back to the club next season – although rumours of interest from Brentford could stop that from happening.

A back-four consisting Joe Rankin-Costello and Harry Pickering either side of Harwood-Bellis and Lenihan – plus the return of Scott Wharton – would provide Rovers with a strong backline heading into next season, which is a clear component of a play-off chasing side.

Sam Gallagher – and the false nine

A result from a losing position against the league leaders is a strong positive for Rovers, and I was delighted to see that come through Sam Gallagher.

The fanbase will always be divided on Gallagher unless he has a goalscoring season like Adam Armstrong, but his record off the bench should not be ignored and he should be afforded starting chances in the final block of fixtures.

We need to prepare for next season, and part of that should involve Gallagher getting his chance as a central striker to prove to the fans – and Mowbray – that he can be a big part of the side next season.

It is only fair that he gets regular game time to show what we know he can do, and to put him in the best position possible heading into a new season.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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