With the 2020-21 season finished for Rovers, it’s time for our end of season ratings in what has been a disappointing campaign for the club.
Expectations were set at the start of the season and a push for the top six seemed to be the target for all, but the season has petered out to be a disappointing campaign.
We asked for your ratings, and we received plenty of votes so thank you for being involved.
Note: The ‘Rovers Chat’s Rating’ was taken from an average of scores from our contributors, whilst the ‘Readers’ Rating’ come from the readers’ votes.
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Thomas Kaminski: The signing of the season for Rovers. A keeper full of confidence, which is passed on to the defence, and he has shown himself to be a good keeper at this level. For the price we’ve paid, it’s up there with the best business the club has done.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 9.13 | Readers’ Rating: 8.17Embed from Getty Images
Aynsley Pears: Disappointing start to his Rovers career. He was gaining confidence in his mini-run of matches but will remain as second choice for as long as Kaminski is fit.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 4.63 | Readers’ Rating: 3.61
Ryan Nyambe: Defensively, he has been solid but questions still surround his attacking ability – especially with Rovers’ new playing style this season. Inconsistent probably sums his season up well, both through injuries and performances.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.38 | Readers’ Rating: 6.86
Daniel Ayala: A really disappointing season. Arrived with promotion credentials and looked a really good signing, but his injury record has been very bad. Shown what we expect from him in his performances when he has featured – with the away match at Brentford coming to mind.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 3.63 | Readers’ Rating: 3.50
Barry Douglas: A tough one to rate. Arrived with such expectations after two promotions and he hasn’t lived up to what we expected, but maybe we expected too much.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.75 | Readers’ Rating: 5.50
Amari’i Bell: To use one of the manager’s favourite words, “frustrating” sums up Bell’s season quite well. Shows some bright spells but his end product was rarely there and he was caught out defensively quite a bit. I’d expect him to drop down to League One this summer.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 4.94 | Readers’ Rating: 5.50
Taylor Harwood-Bellis: Calm and collected, and he has shown some real maturity at such a young age. Comfortable with the ball at his feet as well. I’d love for him to be back in a Rovers shirt next season.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 7.88 | Readers’ Rating: 7.47Embed from Getty Images
Darragh Lenihan: He had a slow start to the season and I’m sure he would have been replaced by Derrick Williams or Scott Wharton had he not been captain. However, he grew into the captain’s role and started performing well, especially alongside Harwood-Bellis.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 7.25 | Readers’ Rating: 7.09
Scott Wharton: Possibly Rovers’ best defender at the time before injury ended his season. A real shame that the knock came just as he was becoming a regular in the side. Hopefully, his progress isn’t hampered by his absence.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 7.81 | Readers’ Rating: 6.45
Jarrad Branthwaite: Started strongly in a Rovers shirt but struggled in the latter matches of his run in the side, and then he was replaced by Harwood-Bellis. He has a bright future ahead of him, he just needs game time.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.25 | Readers’ Rating: 5.11
Bradley Johnson: Started really strongly and he was a key member of the team in that early run of form. His performances have wilted since, however, and he has been unable to be a regular member in the side. Filled in at centre-back at times and didn’t look too out of place.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.31 | Readers’ Rating: 5.76
Stewart Downing: Disappointing. He had a good season last time out but the signing after the window had closed seemed like just using up money left in the budget. A great career but not been worth the financial cost this season.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 3.25 | Readers’ Rating: 4.56
Joe Rothwell: Improved from last season but he needs to be adding more goals and assists to his game. He has single-handedly pulled Rovers back into matches when trailing and he has shown he can become a key player.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.94 | Readers’ Rating: 6.79Embed from Getty Images
Lewis Holtby: We know he has quality but he hasn’t contributed enough with both goals and assists. Shown at times what he can do but inconsistency has been one of a few downfalls for the German. All the best to him elsewhere.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.31 | Readers’ Rating: 5.41
Jacob Davenport: We have seen more of him this season than previously and he has shown that he is good enough at this level, but his injury record is a concern. A good option to have and his goal at Brentford came at a time when it felt like we were really in the hunt.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.38 | Readers’ Rating: 5.79
Tom Trybull: Struggled early on in the season but he grew into the role in the latter stages of the season. I’d like to see him back personally, as long it is the Trybull we’ve seen in the closing months.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.50 | Readers’ Rating: 5.29
John Buckley: A player who has started to show his talent a lot more and he has a bright future ahead of him. A good passer as well, he just needs more game time.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.13 | Readers’ Rating: 6.21
Bradley Dack: A tough one to rate. The injuries have, of course, plagued his season. He struggled upon his return but he slowly grew back into it, until that match against Brentford. A real shame for everyone involved.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.44 | Readers’ Rating: 6.11
Joe Rankin-Costello: Looks like he’ll become a key player in this side, but injuries continue to hamper his progress. When he has played, he has impressed, offering the attacking ability needed at right-back in this system.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 7.25 | Readers’ Rating: 6.65Embed from Getty Images
Lewis Travis: The injury picked up early on really affected his season. He struggled upon his return but has been performing at his usual levels in the last few months. A full pre-season will see the real Travis back.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.56 | Readers’ Rating: 6.59
Corry Evans: When he played, he fit into the holding role pretty well, but his injuries mean appearances haven’t come as often as everyone would like.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.19 | Readers’ Rating: 5.42
Elliott Bennett: A good utility player with his versatility but another limited by injury this season. He hasn’t put a foot wrong when he’s played, but on balance, he hasn’t made massive contributions. Unsure where his future lies.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 3.88 | Readers’ Rating: 4.58
Adam Armstrong: An incredible goals tally from the forward. He’s an entertaining player who also helps the team off the ball with his movement. Someone who deserves more respect than he gets.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 9.31 | Readers’ Rating: 9.09
Sam Gallagher: We’ve seen glimpses of what he can offer but not the consistency, and that is the frustration. I’d still like to see him play centrally.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 5.94 | Readers’ Rating: 6.33
Harvey Elliott: Our best loan signing in a number of years. Such a talented player who has chipped in with goals and assists and has shown he is more than capable at this level. Look forward to following his career.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 8.69 | Readers’ Rating: 8.42Embed from Getty Images
Ben Brereton: The best season he has had at the club. He was key in our early form but his performances did drop off after injury. If he can work on his finishing, he’ll reach double figures next season.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 6.88 | Readers’ Rating: 7.05
Tyrhys Dolan: A season none of us expected when he signed. Broke through early on and showed himself to be a good signing for the club. Not featured as much as he would have liked since then, but still better than expected when he signed.
Rovers Chat’s Rating: 7.50 | Readers’ Rating: 6.88
Thanks to everyone who voted, and for your support through this season.
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