Jon Dahl Tomasson believes Adam Wharton is making great strides that will see the technical midfielder stay in the Rovers squad.
Tomasson nearly gave the 18-year-old his debut from the bench in the opening day win over QPR, with Wharton having played a big role in pre-season.
Rovers moved for Tyler Morton from Liverpool on a season-long loan deal earlier this week who, as things stand, appear to have completed his midfield recruitment.
Wharton, alongside fellow Academy prospect Jake Garrett, will provide competition for new signing Morton and first-team regulars Lewis Travis and John Buckley.
Tomasson says the balance for Rovers is developing their own players as well as putting a winning team on the pitch.
He said: “We want to create value over time, so we have to find the balance between winning and using the youth.
“We don’t have the money like the rest of the clubs, so we have to do different and smart things.”
Wharton, younger brother of first-team regular Scott, only signed his first professional contract earlier this year but has been training with the senior team throughout 2022.
He quickly impressed Tomasson who has used him in four of five friendlies and is expected to stay around in the first-team picture.
“I think we saw with Adam that he did a great job, he’s only 18,” added the head coach.
“The vision on the ball is extremely high. Intensity without the ball, we teach him.
“He improved 60% off the ball last season. That’s a big difference for a young lad.
“We have to take care of him, we want him to be stable.
“He’s a player who did very well in pre-season, you saw some mistakes against Lincoln but these boys need these games to get better.”
Morton is Rovers’ first step into the loan market this summer, with Callum Brittain and Sam Szmodics both brought in for an undisclosed fee.
Tomasson says there’s still money to spend, regardless of what happens with Ben Brereton.
The Chile international will continue to be part of Rovers’ first-team plans despite continued uncertainty over his future.
Rovers are in the market for new signings ahead of the September 1 deadline, particularly in defense where their options have been stretched after the departures of Darragh Lenihan and Jan Paul van Hecke, as well as injuries to Hayden Carter and Sam Barnes .
Tomasson added: “I think we have money to spend, we’ve spent money on two of the three signings. We can spend money, we can’t spend £100m.
“We can spend a bit but not the same competition as the other big clubs in the Championship with the parachute money. This is an other story.
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