With another new addition to his squad, and having trialled a new formation in the win over Millwall, Tony Mowbray is relishing the options available to him.

The Rovers squad is starting to evolve, with Danny Graham having started just two of the opening seven league matches, club captain Charlie Mulgrew having moved on, and the combination of Richie Smallwood and Corry Evans, such a big part of the last two seasons, seemingly broken up.

Mowbray is no stranger to going with a back three, something he did for large parts of his first 15 games in charge, and says the ability to switch systems, and personnel, can be of benefit to Rovers.

The manager isn’t ready to nail down one particular system and admits the personnel will continue to change, having named an unchanged side on just five occasions last season, and being yet to do so this term.

“Over the last two-and-a-half years we’ve probably not had the choices,” Mowbray said.

“We’ve picked Smallwood and Evans centre mid virtually every game, Dack and Graham up top just about every game, but we can change that now, it’s deeper with more quality in all areas.

“I have had conversations about that. Thinking about the top teams in the Premier League, change is pretty common place.

“You can rotate, as long as the team doesn’t become weaker.

“If you have 18 players that you really trust to get the job done on any given day then you have to make sure they feel a part of what you’re trying to achieve.”

The return to fitness of Tosin Adarabioyo enabled Mowbray to go with a back three last weekend, but the Manchester City loanee is a doubt for this afternoon’s game at Reading.

The Royals have gone with a back three for much of their season, and Mowbray says studying the opposition will continue to have a big say in the line-up he names for each match.

Mowbray has gone with Graham, Sam Gallagher and Adam Armstrong as the central striker, while Bradley Dack has at times in the last two matches led the line.

“I think that will be the plan moving forward,” he added.

“I don’t think we should be nailing something down just one way.

“We have to find different ways to win games and that’s what we intend to do, the players have to understand that if they’re not playing one week it might be because we’re going with wingers because we’ve seen a weakness at full back, we might be going with two strikers, or two No.10s.

“I think they have that got that message through pre-season, it won’t be the same every week.

“It will be about finding the way we feel can win each game.

“They are mature players, as long as they know what’s expected and how we plan to win and we sell them the game-plan then that’s fine, they are happy and don’t mind.

“The old adage of keeping a winning team, in modern day football you have to prepare and try and win the next game.”