Tony Mowbray isn’t ready to pigeon-hole Lewis Holtby in to one role, believing the German midfielder has the quality to play in a number of positions.

Holtby made his third Rovers start at Leeds United in a central midfield role that he operated in for much of his time with former club Hamburg.

The 29-year-old was used in a more advanced midfield position in his days with Tottenham Hotspur, but the former German international has found himself playing from the right wing during the fledgling days of his Ewood Park career.

Holtby is yet to complete 90 minutes, subbed midway through the second half at Elland Road, but Mowbray has praised his professionalism in getting himself in to top condition.

And the boss is pleased with the flexibility Holtby provides in the attacking part of the pitch.

“He’s a good player, he can play anywhere. He can play as a No.10, sitting midfield, it doesn’t really matter,” Mowbray said.

“Good players can generally play anywhere.

“I thought he competed well, it was a question of him of whether he could get up to the intensity of the game and I thought he did fine.

“It’s a different mentality coming from another country, but he’s fine, we have discussed where we’re going to play him, whether that’s higher, or deeper, inside or outside, I think there’s a fluency about what we can do.

“Let’s see how it rolls for the next couple of months and try and find a place for him to help the team get results.”

Mowbray was impressed with Holtby’s fitness levels when arriving at the club in September, despite not training with a professional club during the close season.

He made his debut in the win at Reading on September 21, just two days after signing, before three substitute outings against Luton, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers.

Holtby was rewarded with his first start against Huddersfield after the October international break, scoring once and claiming an assist, only to miss the defeats at Birmingham City and Preston with a sore hamstring.

He was back in the starting line-up for the win over Sheffield Wednesday and kept his place, albeit in a different position for the defeat at Leeds.

Holtby agreed a two-year deal with Rovers, having been a free agent since leaving Hamburg in the summer.

Meanwhile, Ryan Nyambe won his fourth cap for Namibia as they beat Chad in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Brave Warriors edged out Chad 2-1 to start the qualifying campaign for the 2021 tournament in Cameroon with a win.

It was Nyambe’s first appearance for his country since the summer tournament in Egypt having requested to be left out of squads for September and October matches in a bid to force his way back in to the Rovers reckoning.

After five consecutive appearances for Rovers, and Namibia in qualifying action, the 21-year-old was back in the fold and will look to win cap number five when they travel to Guinea on Sunday.