Millers: Evans backs ‘Le-thal’ Tom to emulate Millers hero Adam

Miles Addison
Miles Addison

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans believes young Tom Hitchcock can emulate former favourite Adam Le Fondre, after opening his account for the Millers last weekend.

Hitchcock, on loan from Championship side QPR, netted on his full Millers debut in a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday - and Evans believes the 21-year-old possesses similar qualities to Reading striker Le Fondre, who netted 54 goals in 96 league goals for Rotherham.

“Young Tom is a very natural finisher,” Evans said.

“For me, he’s very much in the mould of Adam Le Fondre, who is of course a big Millers favourite.

“There were two other good goals, from Ben Pringle and James Tavernier, in an excellent team performance.

“The team spirit and togetherness in the camp is now clear to see.

“The lads look forward to coming to work; they want to be better footballers and a massive part of that is a positive attitude and a real desire to play for Rotherham United.

“If they don’t have that, then I don’t want them around.”

The Millers face Evans’ former side, Crawley Town, at the New York Stadium this weekend.

Evans’ men sit fifth in the League One table, four points behind fourth-placed Preston North End.

The Millers manager hopes Kari Arnason, who missed the Shrewsbury game with a virus, will return to fill fitness ahead of this weekend’s game.

Claude Davis, too, is available after suspension, and captain Craig Morgan is back in training.

“Craig is back at the training ground, after a small minor procedure to remove a small piece of floating bone in his toe,” Evans added.

“Craig is a determined man, someone who I really respect and the sooner he is back available for selection, the stronger we are as a team.”

Evans, who has added Miles Addison and Wes Morgan to his squad, also revealed he is actively seeking other targets: “I am very clear on the players I want,” he said.

“Our chairman Tony Stewart wants what I want: he wants what our players want and of course he wants what our supporters want: a winning Rotherham United.”