Tony Mowbray's hopes over Rovers' Premier League duo

Tony Mowbray is hoping to keep his Premier League loanees on board for the second half of the season.

Harrison Reed and Kasey Palmer arrived on season-long deals in the summer, but they could come under review in January.

Reed has become a firm fixture in the starting XI in recent months, with Mowbray hoping a change of manager at his parent club Southampton won’t muddy the waters.

Palmer has been in and out of the side but has clocked up 14 appearances, though a potential stay beyond January for the 21-year-old could come down to finances.

“Harrison Reed is obviously doing very well but I’m wary of not shouting him up too much,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“Let’s keep him under the radar as much we can as particularly with the new manager, he might want to look at all his players.

“Kasey, I’m not sure. When we spoke to Chelsea there were some financial issues where we couldn’t reach the stuff they were expecting so we always felt they might bring him back in January if other clubs were going to pay more money for him.

“We will assess each one individually as we go along.

“These things I don’t get stressed about them because if they get recalled then there’s nothing we can do about.

“I’m hoping we can keep them both because it keeps the group together, the chemistry of it, and when they have played they have done well.”

Ben Brereton is the other loanee on Rovers’ books but the 19-year-old’s move will become permanent on January 1 as part of the deal struck with Nottingham Forest.

Rovers have used the loan market to good effect throughout Mowbray’s tenure, recruiting Adam Armstrong and Jack Payne on temporary deals in the winter window last season.

Armstrong went on to become a permanent addition in the summer after helping to fire Rovers to promotion with nine goals.

And, while Mowbray would prefer permanent additions if possible, he admits there are plenty of things to factor in as he plans for next month’s transfer window.

He added: “It will be down to the discussions we have with other clubs, whether they want to sell players or whether they want to loan players.

“Generally I try and identify the players that I like and then look at whether we could buy them, if we have the money, whether the clubs would be willing to sell, and if we can add to the squad and they can become our players then all the better.

“If there are players you really like and feel they can help your team for a couple of months or so but they can only be loaned then we would do that as well to see where this season can go.

“Ultimately the plan is to build the club and create assets in the playing squad and hopefully give them an opportunity to thrive and become big assets to the football club moving forward.

“But if the loan market is going to help the team immediately then that would be looked at.”

Rovers will assess the future of a number of players they currently have out on loan, with the likes of Sam Hart, Scott Wharton, Matty Platt and Lewis Hardcastle all getting experience in the EFL.

Lewis Travis and Joe Nuttall will also hope to gain further first team experience in the second half of the campaign, which could impact on Mowbray’s recruitment.

“We won’t just be adding players for the sake of it because it just gives you more selection issues,” the boss said.

“We will probably have a few young players who will be desperate to go and play on a regular basis, and if we allow that then we might fill the spaces with some players, and if they are loan players then so be it.”