Doncaster Rovers: ‘Lack of opportunity’ behind Uche Ikpeazu departure

Uche Ikpeazu
Uche Ikpeazu

A lack of first team opportunities led to Uche Ikpeazu’s departure from Rovers last night, the Star understands.

The striker returned to Watford with two months of his loan deal remaining, having made seven appearances for Rovers.

He started his first three games with the club but has been among the substitutes since with Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main establishing themselves as the first choice strike pairing.

Ikpeazu tweeted yesterday: “You can’t move forward unless you take risk, everything happens for a reason, you live review and you learn.”

He was on the bench at Gillingham on Saturday but was not used, with Theo Robinson instead chosen to replace Tyson for the final 14 minutes.

Ikpeazu cut a frustrated figure as he left the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday evening.

The 19-year-old cut short a loan deal at Crewe – where he had started all except one game – in order to join Rovers in January.

At that time, Rovers were short of attacking options with Tyson struggling for fitness after several injury niggles.

But the veteran forward has now made a full recovery and has started Rovers’ last eight matches.

Boss Paul Dickov told the Star last week he is always keen to start Tyson.

“I’ve always looked to try and get Nathan in the team if he’s fit because of what he gives to us,” Dickov said.

“No one ever wins a clean header against him.

“He goes in where it hurts. He closes teams down, he closes full backs and goalkeepers down.

“Add to that he’s quick. he’s got ability, he scores goals.

“He’s had a few years where he’s not fulfilled what he should have done. But he’s fulfilling it now.”