David Cotterill has a major role to play at Doncaster this season, Paul Dickov has insisted.
The 25-year-old winger, recently recalled to Wales’ senior squad, was axed from Rovers’ starting line up following the 2-0 home defeat to Burnley last month.
Mark Duffy has since grabbed the opportunity handed to him with both hands.
But Dickov has backed Cotterill to win a re-call to the side - and also re-capture the form he showed in League One last term.
“By his own admission, David’s form had dropped a little bit,” said Dickov.
“James Coppinger and Mark Duffy have came into the side and done really well.
“But David’s still massively in our thoughts.
“I speak to David a lot on a personal level and he knows exactly what we think of him here.
“He’ll play more games than he doesn’t.”
After initially struggling to come to terms with Dickov’s demands, former Scunthorpe wideman Duffy has impressed in recent weeks - and it has not gone unnoticed.
“Mark was a positive at Boro, if there were any,” said Dickov.
“He was out of the team previously but he’s come in and he’s working hard without the ball - probably as hard as he ever has done.
“With the ball he’s a threat, he’s always looking to make things happen.
“That’s what you want from your players; you want a reaction when they’re out of the team and when they’re in the team, to make sure they keep their place.”
Dickov, meanwhile, laid down the gauntlet to his squad ahead of today’s visit of Brighton.
“We’ve been looking at loans but it’s up to the players here,” he said.
“The ball’s in their court.
“If they’re consistently doing the right things, they’ll get picked in the team.”