Loan signing Jack Hunt has been with Rotherham United for less than a week, but manager Steve Evans already likes what he sees.
The right-back joined the club only last Friday and made his debut as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.
After watching Hunt in training, Evans says: “He looks a top, top Championship player.
“He’s come from the Premier League, so it’s no surprise. He showed the same composure on the ball and sharpness of feet that he did on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Several clubs were keen on the pacy Crystal Palace ace in the transfer window but Evans won the battle for his signature.
The 24-year-old impressed with his speed and directness against the Addicks after being introduced on the right side of midfield for the last half hour.
“He came on and was a real threat,” said Evans.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s visitors to AESSEAL New York Stadium, Ipswich Town, could be without leading scorer Daryl Murphy for their clash with the Millers.
Eighteen-goal Murphy, the top marksman in the Championship so far this season, has a calf strain and the club have set no date for his return.
“I tend to look on the positives in these situations - we still have good firepower up front,” said Town boss Mick McCarthy who watched Rotherham beat Bolton Wanderers eight days ago.
Ex-Rotherham loan striker, Paul Taylor, is looking for another club after being frozen out at Ipswich.
The 27-year-old, whose Millers spell ended last month, is contracted to Ipswich until the summer, but McCarthy said: “He’s not back here - and he’s not coming back.”
When asked if Taylor’s future was now in the hands of the player’s agent, Mcarthy responded: “Yeah. It’s not something I’m dealing with because he’s not coming back. Fullstop.”