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Tony Mowbray compares Blackburn star to ‘Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney’ after Newcastle United match

2 years ago

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has compared his star player to Wayne Rooney after the FA Cup match at St James Park.

The Blackburn boss liken Bradley Dack to Paul Gascoigne as well.

Dack scored the opening goal and looked Blackburn’s best player and biggest threat by some distance, as well as being better than anybody in black and white, certainly at least until Jonjo Shelvey came on with 33 minutes remaining.

Mowbray accepts that his attacking midfielder might not be quite the ‘same class’ as Wayne Rooney and Gazza – but insists that ‘the body shape and the frame remains the same.’

What I guess the visiting manager was talking about, is that Bradley Dack is more an old style/school player who doesn’t fit the stereotype of today’s naturally athletic physique.

Only 5ft 9 and looking relatively stocky, you can see where Mowbray is coming from with his player.

Since signing from Gillingham 18 months ago, the attacking midfielder has now started 61 matches and scored 31 goals.

Tony Mowbray raving about the fact that Dack is capable of scoring all kinds of different type of goals.

Jonjo Shelvey falls into the same kind of category, in terms of not necessarily looking the ideal kind of athletic frame for players these days.

Food for thought though that he and Dack were the two best players who took part in Saturday’s match.

It was interesting to see Blackburn fans debating after the game about their star man, with him having been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United. The discussion surrounding whether Bradley Dack could cope and still create and score goals in a more physically demanding top tier.

Tony Mowbray talking to official club site:

“It’s good that Bradley’s scoring headers. He leapt like a salmon and showed the world that he can score headers.

“He put one in the top corner with his left foot against West Bromwich Albion, scores with his right foot and can score headers as well.

“He’s a really talented boy and we need to keep him fit and enjoying his football.

“There are aspects of his game that we need to keep going – his physicality, his lifestyle, watching how he eats and drinks and staying lean.

“But people said the same about Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney, and whilst he’s perhaps not in that same class, the body shape and the frame remains the same.

“Part of his strength is his hip and movement.

“We’ll keep him enjoying his football, in the team, scoring goals and getting assists.”


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