The characteristic that stands out in a potential Doncaster Rovers signing for Darren Moore

Much of the talk during the January transfer window surrounded Darren Moore’s determination to bring the ‘right sort of player’ into Doncaster Rovers.

By Liam Hoden
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 5:33 pm

Moore revealed the term ‘right’ covered all manner of areas, from ability to personality, explaining thorough background work is carried out on all potential targets to determine their suitability to fit into the club both on and off the pitch.

But one characteristic has greater importance than most for the Rovers boss - adaptability.

And it is something he is very keen to discover if it is possessed by potential signings, particularly so with young, raw loanees who have very little experience of transitioning quickly into new systems and styles of play.

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Jason Lokilo

“I think it’s about recognising the talent but he has to bring that in conjunction with the team and what we’re trying to do,” Moore said.

“You can’t have a group and a squad of players trying to adopt something and work on something effectively, and then have someone conforming to their own.

“We know if he’s got the talent and ability and over the course of two or three weeks we can build him up in training by increasing his volume.

“And then recognising it’s about what we want from him in and out of possession. When you put him into those areas, utilising him for the best for the team.

“There’s working hard for the team in and out of possession. And it’s getting him into areas out of possession to help the team.”

Moore cited Crystal Palace loanee Jason Lokilo as someone who has shown adaptability, and a willingness to learn.

“In games and in training, we’ve seen signs of what he’s capable of and we’ve also seen him coming and asking questions about what are the right and wrong things to do,” Moore said.

“All those things bode well for a players’ learning and understanding.

“He’s shown signs he is learning but there is still a way to go and there are parts of his game where we want to get better and he will get better.”

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