Gareth Ainsworth believes Danny Rowe can become a “fantastic midfielder” after managing to prize him away from Rotherham.

The 19-year-old has mainly featured in the back four over the course of 29 appearances in his previous loan spells at Adams Park, although he has been deployed in the holding role on occasion.

Wanderers agreed to pay the Millers an undisclosed compensation amount for Rowe, although Ainsworth said his previous club retain a “vested interest” in the deal.

He was unwilling to elaborate further on what he meant by the term, and was instead just pleased to have landed a player whom he rates highly.

“Danny’s a player that we know about and he’s done really well for us over the past two seasons,” said Ainsworth.

“For somebody who is only 19, and we have to remember that he was one of the youngest players ever to play in the Wycombe first team, he was very young when he made his debut and he played in what could be Wycombe’s most important ever league game away at Torquay.

“To have that on his CV, for a start, really gives him good grounding. Last year getting him on loan, he played in a variety of different positions. For me, I see him as a fantastic midfield player – one of the best long passers there will be at the club this season – and he also fills in well at centre-back, right-back and left-back.”

Ainsworth and his backroom staff have developed a reputation for bringing the best out of young players, as the sales of Paris Cowan-Hall and Josh Scowen exemplified last season.

Rowe is another player that the Blues boss believes has big potential, and he believes giving him a three-year deal will give his staff the chance to help him progress – whether that be in midfield or defence.

He said: “We need to work hard on him in that position (midfield) because he can play the holding role very well and he shows himself well in games, but to play centre midfield you need different attributes and we’ll be working hard on them as we will with all the players.

“Danny’s multi-positional and I’d love to keep him that way but to be able play all positions really well and not just be a Jack of all trades - he’s got to be a master of all trades.

“Players can do that and they don’t have to be one positional. Danny’s in that mould and I think he’ll be a fantastic midfielder. I’m also not worried about playing him at centre-back either.”