Tony Mowbray is trying to keep Dan Neil's talent a secret to ward off any Premier League interest. In an attempt to keep the midfielder out of the headlines, Mowbray ended up comparing him to a Champions League winner.
BEST PLAYER LAST SEASON
"Listen, I'm not going to sit here and build Dan Neil up so you lot can go and get him sold to a Premier League club! I was very aware of him at Blackburn Rovers, he was on our radar as the best player in League One in our opinion."
"Now that I'm here and working with him I'm going to keep him quiet, just let him do what he does and keep developing."
EAGER TO LEARN
"He's a wonderful kid, he looks you in the eye and asks you questions. When you shout and moan at him for not doing this or that, he doesn't throw a strop, he comes to see the clips so that he can understand what you mean. He's a very, very talented young guy who wants to get better."
"He's got all the attributes to be a top midfielder player, Michael Carrick will follow me in soon and he isn't too far away from being that type of midfielder - who is elegant with that bit of quality. He's growing into becoming a good footballer, but please don't go making big headlines, we want to keep him quiet."