On-loan Albion winger Reda Khadra made an impressive start to life at Blackburn on his debut in their 2-0 win over Hull on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old came off the bench in the 54th minute after Rovers has been pedestrian-like in the first half.

His loan move to Blackburn was delayed by a few weeks due to a minor ankle injury but he is getting back up to speed.

He made an instant impact with his direct approach and willingness to take on players not long after being introduced versus Hull.

Khadra took to Twitter after making his debut to post a picture of himself in action with the accompanying message: “Great team performance. And great support from the fans +3”

Jaquob Crooke, who covers Rovers for Lancashire Live and was at Ewood Park, admits Khadra’s performance had the crowd out of their seats.

He told The Argus: “About ten minutes had gone in the second half with the same pedestrian-like pattern as the first so (Tony) Mowbray introduced Khadra and a young Blackburn academy product in Daniel Butterworth, who is quite exciting as well.

“He brought Khadra on the left side of a three behind the striker and tweaked the shape a bit so he had Butterworth come on just behind Ben Brereton and Tyrhys Dolan on the right and as soon as Khadra and Butterworth came on they altered the dynamic of the game.

“There had been a lack of tempo and as soon as Khadra came on he got the ball within probably 30 seconds of him coming on, he looked to take on Louis Coyle, who was playing right back for Hull, and he skipped past him, looked up and there wasn’t anything on so he came back and skipped past two more players and had a low shot which was saved.

“That got Ewood rocking and was probably the biggest applause of the night and Rovers seem to have a bit of urgency and a bit of life to them and they recognised that and gave him the ball as much as they possibly could.

“In the end, it seemed as though Hull had to double up on him to ward off that threat, which gave other players enough spaces to exploit.

“He opened up the game for Rovers and as soon as they started to get some momentum they punished Hull with two goals in three minutes.

“So Khadra changed the game most definitely.”

Despite Khadra having impressed for Albion under-23s and in the Premier League against Manchester City off the bench in January, Crooke admits he had to win over the fans but his performance against Hull certainly did that.

He said: “It is an intriguing one because he is not very well known and obviously he had an exceptional youth career at Dortmund and then done well for Albion’s under-23s.

“I think a lot of people who had watched development squad football were aware of his talent and it was against Rovers’ 23s last season where he was a constant menace for Dan Pike, who is a highly regarded right back in the Rovers youth set-up.

“But Mowbray on Monday and after Tuesday night’s game spoke about his excitement regarding him and he was causing Ryan Nyambe all sorts of problems in training and Nyambe is arguably one of the best one-on-one defenders in the division which speaks volumes of Mowbray’s excitement for him.

“Rovers fans weren’t exactly aware of him there is sort of a description that you are going to get from the manager and all the players that have seen him but they were not sold on him.

“So there was a case of him having to prove what he can bring to the team and within seconds he gave them a taste of what he can do and they were behind that. They love someone who is willing to take on players and beat them and they love that, they can on board with that and he proved that in the 35 minutes he was on.”

After his impressive display against Hull, Mowbray was full of praise for the young German but tried to play down his excitement at his prospects this season.

He said: “Reda was not ready to start, he’s not fit.

“He’s been here ten days now and we do a fitness test on all players to see where they are in comparison to our team and he’s miles short of where our team is in fitness aerobically, and yet he’s electric; technically so fast and powerful.

“We have to build his aerobic capacity up to be able to run up and down for 90 minutes to help his full back.

“But when we can get him the ball he can do some damage. Again, he’s only a young boy but he’s somebody we’ll give game time to, and hopefully, he’ll help our team on the transition.

“When he can break away with the speed and power he’s got it should be exciting with Dolan, Brereton, Gallagher, Khadra, and Butterworth breaking away and trying to hurt teams.

“It’s a little bit why we’re allowing teams to have a little more possession than you feel more comfortable with but the damage can be done on the transition if we use the spaces well. That’s what we’ve been working on.”