Rotherham United: Zeki Fryers set for debut as Jonson Clarke-Harris goes out to get games

Zeki Fryers
Zeki Fryers

The multi-million-pound man came in and the record signing departed as Rotherham United boss Steve Evans continued to wheel and deal in the transfer window.

Premier League left-back Zeki Fryers, who cost Crystal Palace a big fee from Spurs last year, goes straight into the squad to face AFC Bournemouth today.

Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, whose pace and strength persuaded the Millers to pay out their largest ever fee in August, is likely to feature against Sheffield United for MK Dons in League One after joining Karl Robinson’s outfit for a month.

Fryers, aged 22, has featured just twice for the Eagles this season, but made seven league appearances for Spurs and also played twice for Manchester United where he began his career.

He also had a spell in Belgium with Standard Liege.

“Zeki is a young man who first came to my attention when he was simply outstanding as a youngster at Manchester United,” Evans revealed. “The kid then went on to play a number of first-team matches at White Hart Lane both in the Premier League and the Europa League which in turn allowed fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace to pay a substantial fee for his services.”

Reports suggest an amount between £3 million and £5m.

Evans has always said that Jonson Clarke-Harris is an 18-month project, and assured fans the 20-year-old crowd favourite still has a big future at New York Stadium.

“Jono is a young man we think extremely highly of. He is at a very early stage in his career which must mean him starting competitive first-team matches,” he said.

“The lad has been to see me on a number of occasions - perhaps at times frustrated, which is understandable given his youth.

“When an approach came in from a number of clubs challenging at the top end of League One, he had the option of three moves. We hope he can score some goals before coming back to the Millers to play an important part in the remainder of the season.”

Clarke-Harris tweeted: “Happy to join MK Donson loan. Hopefully it’s time to get some games and goals.”