Amari’i Bell has all the attributes required, according to Tony Mowbray, who has called on the left back to cure his inconsistency.

Bell has featured in more games than any Rovers defender this season and reached 50 appearances for the club in Tuesday’s win over Derby.

The 24-year-old has assumed the role at left back, previously occupied by Derrick Williams, and started 30 of Rovers’ 41 Championship matches.

Signed from Fleetwood last January, Bell is playing his first season at this level and put in one of his best performances in the midweek win.

And Mowbray maintains faith that he can grow in to a player capable of helping take the club forward.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Amari’i is a young boy, his first season in the Championship. I think he has to keep growing.

“At his very best he looks a really top player when he’s in full flow, driving past people.

“I think there’s a level of inconsistency about how he deals with different situations defensively, but he has the tools defensively, he has fast feet, can stop crosses, and has a good spring.

“He’s got all the attributes, he just needs to bring them all together.

“The inconsistency of Amari’i is something that he needs to keep working on, he knows that.

“While he has played a lot of games he has been left out at times, because of inconsistency.

“Moving forward that’s what I see with Amari’i. If we can develop his character and personality and get him believing he’s a talented footballer who can help us progress towards the Premier League then great.

“If he falls short then he will know that by the selection. At this moment he’s working hard to try and improve his game every week.”

Bell is expected to start at left back at Nottingham Forest today, where Derrick Williams could continue in central defence alongside Darragh Lenihan.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international has had a frustrating campaign with injuries, having started all but one of Rovers’ league matches last season.

He impressed against Derby in midweek, deputising for captain Charlie Mulgrew who missed out with an ankle injury, and Williams is likely to have done enough to keep his place.

While he has played much of his football at left back for Rovers since signing from Bristol City in 2016, Williams is naturally a central defender.

Rovers will look to bring in at least one central defender in the summer, and when asked if Williams is now considered as one of the options, Mowbray said: “He can do both. He has to provide competition otherwise we don’t have another option.

“He played all of last season, and some of this season, at left back for us.

“He’s mobile enough to do that position, strong enough, aerially good enough, and helps with set plays adding some physicality.

“Derrick is a very conscientious footballer who wants to learn every day, asks questions about his performance.

“Is he a centre half now? He has some stiff competition but his performance level in the last game-and-a-half has been very high.

“We’re pleased with him. Tuesday he was very good alongside Lenihan and we restricted Derby to maybe one clear-cut chance and that was it.”