Tyrhys Dolan knows he will have to keep his performances level high to fend off the competition in the wide areas.

Ian Poveda and Reda Khadra impressed on the wings in the win over Sheffield United, both on target in the 3-1 win, where Dolan was dropped to the bench.

The teenager has started 13 of Rovers’ 17 matches this season, contributing three goals and two assists and becoming a key member of the side.

Mowbray believes Dolan is an example loan duo Khadra and Poveda can follow in a bid to earn more minutes on the pitch after a period of ‘acclimatising’ follow their moves from Brighton and Leeds respectively.

Dolan’s exclusion from the side was put down to his recent workload and the winger is keen to ensure his absence will be shortlived when Rovers return to action at Bristol City on Saturday.

“I’ve always said, if you’re not performing then there are class players who are champing at the bit to get an opportunity which is why you always have to be on the top of your game,” Dolan said.

Dolan burst on to the scene last season, but the signing of Harvey Elliott on from Liverpool, the goalscoring form of Adam Armstrong and Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher also battling for spots in the three-man attack, chances became harder to come by as time wore on.

He went four months without a start between November and the win at Millwall in March, but did feature in every matchday squad throughout the 2020/21 campaign and was Rovers’ most used substitute with 27 introductions.

Dolan had initially been signed with a view to being in the Under-23s set-up to begin with, but took his opportunity in the senior side and has never looked back. But he views that period out of the side as vital.

“When I came in and was starting, I think I needed that drop to the bench just to keep hungry and keep learning,” he explained.

“We had Harvey Elliott, a world class player, and it was good to learn off him and the rest of the team and sit and watch on the sidelines and then look to come on and make an impact.

“Harvey was quality, on and off the pitch, we were always close on and off the pitch, he was amazing.”

Rovers lost the 29 goals of Armstrong following his summer move to Southampton as well as the eight goals and countless assists of Elliott after his return to parent club Liverpool.

With only loan signings Reda Khadra and Ian Poveda coming through the arrivals door, the goalscoring mantle has fallen on the duo of Dolan, Brereton and Gallagher.

Brereton is only one short of doubling his tally of seven from last season, with Dolan and Gallagher also set to join him in beating their goal output from the last campaign.

“We knew coming into the season that our main source of goals was gone, Harvey provided a lot of the assists as well, so we knew that we had to step up this season and make an impact and it’s good to see we’re all chipping with goals and assists,” Dolan added.

“We all want to do well for the club and it’s a good feeling for everyone.”