They had their chance and they didn’t take it.
Now manager Steve Evans is ready to usher in Rotherham United’s new guard after deciding some of his players have failed to make the required impact in the Championship
The Millers manager has made four loan signings in a week and will look to them to help his side climb out of the bottom three, starting at home to Blackpool today.
“We had to come into the Championship and give players the opportunity to perform. We’ve done that,” he said.
“Now we’re making decisions going forward. It’s about the evolution of the team. 18 games in, the table doesn’t lie. We need to get better.”
That means some of the heroes of the past two promotion seasons are likely to miss out at New York Stadium against basement club the Seasiders.
“Players step up to a new level and get excited about going to some big clubs, but it can quickly become the norm,” Evans said.
“If it becomes the norm, then the buzz goes and the front-foot yard goes and all the appreciation of what they’ve got and how hard they have to work goes. And when that goes, they’ve got problems.
“Players come in and you give them a wonderful opportunity to play, to be coached well, to be treated well, to be at a good club. This is a great club. If they don’t consistently deliver performances, they have to go. If they don’t go, they play with the reserves.
“We’ve added some skill this week. We’ve had to.”
New arrivals forward Tom Lawrence, left-back Reece James, centre-half Scott Wootton and winger Emmanuel Ledesma could all feature this afternoon.
Evans says it’s business as usual between him and chairman Tony Stewart.
“The chairman doesn’t change. I don’t change. I don’t suddenly become a different manager because we’re not winning every week like we were in League One and League Two,” he said.
“There has certainly been no change in conversations or change in meanings between myself and the chairman. We’re still very focused together.”