Goals (U21s): 7
Appearances (U21s): 35
Now Dean is one of my favourite players in the Rovers Academy not because he scored goals constantly or because he is the essential game changer of the team, but because he has been with the Rovers since he was 13 years old! And recently things have been moving pretty quickly for the lad. He hasn't made a first team appearance yet but on several occasions he has been included in the team. This hopefully means that when he finally does get his chance in the first team we can again say that our youth academy has produced another star player. Dean hasn't just been involved with Blackburn though no he has also made 4 appearances in the England u18 scoring 2 in his time.
The reason that I chose Dean today is because recently he joined Chorley on loan until December. And personally I think this a great move for such a young lad because for the first time he will be involved in competitive league games with players who aren't necessarily the best but have the experience of playing in competitive games. That experience is perfect for a player who will very soon be looking to get continuous first team football.
Dean is yet to score this season but hopefully he gets some starts for Chorley and even some goals then when he comes back he can hopefully regain his from that he had with the U18's 2 years ago where he scored 11 goals in 12 appearances! Then who knows in a few years we could be seeing Dean playing and scoring for the first team!