Dominic Samuel is providing Tony Mowbray with a ‘good problem’ but the Rovers boss says the striker may have to remain patient.

Samuel has pushed his claims for a first-team recall after a year out with a cruciate ligament injury by scoring six times in four Under-23s matches.

That included a hat-trick in Monday’s win over Tottenham in front of the watching Mowbray as Samuel continued his comeback.

Rovers have a healthy number of options in attack, with experienced frontman Danny Graham among those waiting on more game-time.

And Mowbray said: “It’s a good problem, if you are categorising problems as good and bad, to have a player like Dominic who scored two at Brighton the other week and three the other night against Tottenham,” Mowbray said.

“In my little chats with him he’s telling me he feels fit, he feels ready, sometimes players coming back from long-term injury psychologically they have to overcome a few barriers.

“While the team is functioning I don’t need to make that rush in my mind, there’s no urgency.

“I sit here thinking Gallagher probably had his most potent game, looked a real threat, Armstrong scored a great goal, Danny Graham is kicking his heels on his bench, Dominic is a different player, so the options are good.

“That’s something we should be happy, not worried, about and that’s what I try and do.

“Once I’ve made the decision I’ve made it, don’t change when someone comes and moans and doesn’t understand the logic.

“I pick the team, I will sit in the middle of the week and stare at my board and see who’s going to play because we’ve studied the opposition by then and once you make your decision you’ve made it and have to get on with it.”

Samuel, a £500,000 signing from Reading in the summer of 2017, scored eight times in his debut campaign for the club.

But his 2018/19 season was ended in just his fourth appearance, sustaining a serious injury in a 2-2 draw with Reading last August.

Rovers have since brought in Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher since Samuel’s last appearance, though the team performing, rather than the individuals on the pitch, is Mowbray’s biggest focus.

He added: “Dominic is not daft, he can see my options in training, but all he can do is keep fit, training hard and scoring goals.

“He has banged in a few goals during training and the players have been like ‘wow, Samuel is back’, he’s rifled a few in from the edge of the box on his right and left foot, on the turn as well.

“It’s a good problem for me to have if I’m being honest and when the timing is right we’ll see if we can get Dominic back involved.

“The better he does and the more potent he is the more difficult it becomes for someone else to get a start. But as long as the team is winning, the goals are flying in, we shouldn’t mind who is scoring and who is the sitting on the bench.”