Loans and Injuries at Rotherham
Coming into the club we had a number of players on loan, with unfortunately Michael Tonge having only been signed on loan for the first three months of the season. Tonge so far has been instrumental in the side and has become the main playmaker responsible for dictating play, creating chances and getting the ball up to the inform Alex Revell. Unfortunately by the end of October Tonge will be departing from the club and returning to Leeds United. I have a feeling that he will be missed and it will be difficult to find a player currently at the club who could do as good a job as he has. I will be looking into bringing back Michael on loan for another three months, or if the funds are available, it will be to try and sign him permanently on a one year contract. I predict however that both of these will be very difficult but I will be trying my best.
Daniel Nardiello is an interesting character who 12 games into the season had not scored a single goal under the previous manager. This was difficult to believe as in league two he is one of the better strikers. Since I took over Rotherham we have seen Nardiello pair up well with Revell and score two goals in six games. Despite having a low score rate against the minutes he has played, he had put in solid performances and appeared to be integral in setting up the chances for Revell. In a recent game Nardiello was injured and suffered a broken wrist which will involve him in receiving specialist treatment as we just don’t have the facilities or physio’s with good enough ratings to treat him. It will be disappointing for Danny but on the other hand it will give Jordan Slew, who is on loan from Blackburn Rovers, to make an impact on the side and increase his chances of seeing first team action on a regular basis.
I was admittedly glad to see another experienced player, Danny Scholfield, on the books at Rotherham United as he could bring a lot to the side on the wings. I have always been a fan of exploiting the wings on this game so it was going to be something I looked to do in every game. Scholfield’s average rating increased greatly when I took charge of the team so you can imagine my disappointment when he was ruled out for up to 5 weeks with a groin strain. It is going to be difficult to know whether this is the exact amount of time he will be sidelined due to how poor our physio’s are. He will be a loss to the side but I will be looking to Brendan Roger’s son Anton, who we also have on loan from Brighton to fill the void which I am sure he can do well.
Unfortunately for us we had a rather decent player, George Francomb, on loan from Norwich reserves. However, he simply would see no game time as he was suffering from knee tendonitis which would seem him sidelined for the majority of the season. The decision was therefore taken to terminate his loan contract to allow him to return to his club to be treated.