HARRISON Reed was likened to Robbie Savage after outshining Derby County’s loan stars with a man-of-the-match performance for Blackburn Rovers.

The 24 year-old was recalled to the Blackburn midfield for the Championship clash at Ewood Park and responded with an outstanding performance in a 2-0 win against Frank Lampard's play-off hopefuls.

Writing in the Lancashire Telegraph, the Daily Echo’s sister paper, Blackburn correspondent Rich Sharpe wrote: “Derby’s three Premier League loan players, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson have all enhanced their reputations this season.

"But it was Rovers’ sole top flight loanee Harrison Reed who put in the most eye-catching display.

“He hassled and harried, and while he may not always be in the middle of the pitch where his manager would prefer him, his energy and enthusiasm is infectious.

“In the same way Robbie Savage did during his days, the crowd responded to Reed’s display, his best for some time.

“It seems more and more likely that Reed’s long-term future won’t be at Ewood Park, particularly given his lack of game-time recently.”

Reed has made 36 appearances for Blackburn this season, including 29 starts, and scored three goals.

After giving him a central midfield berth for the first time in four weeks, Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Harrison needs to learn a bit of discipline about central midfield in my opinion.

“Normally I play [Richard] Smallwood and [Corry] Evans in the middle of the pitch because they stop the counter-attacks and play their position.

“Harrison is naturally a bundle of energy and runs everywhere, he’s out on the wing, he’s in the box, on the left wing, and the midfield is empty.

“He did his job of winning the ball, feeding the team and I thought he did all that perfectly for us. He kept winning the ball back, kept things moving and stopped counter-attacks.

"If he plays like that then there’s no reason he couldn’t play central midfield for us every week."