Date: 29th October 2015 at 11:03am
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Despite being short of attacking options, with some youngsters producing the goods in the Blackburn U21 team, Gary Bowyer’s not going to turn to any of them for the meeting with Leeds tonight.

Anton Forrester has been doing well for the Blackburn youth team, with Connor Mahoney also performing well, but Bowyer’s told the Lancashire Telegraph he’s not prepared to turn to the Rovers youngsters at this time.

The boss says he’s fearful doing this will put ‘undue pressure’ and ‘raise expectation’ on them, which could hinder their progression so when asked if they could be included in the squad heading to Elland Road he said.

‘Not at this moment in time.

‘There would be nobody more delighted than us but one thing you can’t do is rush people through and put an expectation on them. That knocks them back.

‘I’ve seen it many a time with youth players where people are given an opportunity too quickly and it’s knocked them back and you never hear of them again.’

When is the right or wrong time though?

Hasn’t it always been said, at least wasn’t it proclaimed by a famous football manager previously, ‘when you’re good enough you’re old enough!’ I can see where Bowyer’s coming from but sometimes that ‘something different’ can make all the difference and give that spark needed, which Blackburn do need!

Enquires are being made all the time to add to the squad in a loan capacity though, with him adding.

‘It’s important we keep on looking for the right type to come in and that’s what we’ve done this week. A couple of enquiries have gone in and we’re waiting on answers.’

The most worrying thing of all is the fact that seven of the 12-goals scored by Blackburn in the Championship this season have come from Jordon Rhodes, which definitely adds to the ‘pressure of expectation’ on the Scottish strikers shoulders!

Bowyer finished by saying he’s not ‘hiding’ from that fact with more goals needed from the squad, which is something everyone is well aware of too.

‘It’s not something we’re hiding from. Everybody in the group knows they’ve got to contribute more with the goals.

‘The pleasing thing is that on Saturday there were other people having the opportunities and chances.

‘I don’t think anybody is ducking from that from the players’ point of view.’

Should Bowyer take ‘a calculated risk’ and include a younger option, or two, in his matchday squad do you think?

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