FORMER Millers favourite Adam Le Fondre says he’s ‘buzzing’ after being named the Premier League’s Player of the Month.
The one-time Rotherham United striker, known to all as ‘Alf, catapulted himself into the Premier League limelight by scoring five times from four substitute appearances totalling just 46 minutes for Reading in January.
Le Fondre, 26, joined Reading from Rotherham 18 months ago in a deal reportedly to be eventually worth around £650,000 and his goals helped the Royals to promotion last season.
His current run - including doubles against Newcastle and Chelsea and a last minute penalty against West Brom - takes his tally to 10 and to joint second in the list of English goalscorers in the Premier League.
“When the gaffer told me, I didn’t know what to say but I’m buzzing from it,” Le Fondre told the club’s website.
“It’s madness really. Just think, there’s Suarez, Van Persie, Aguero, Rooney...so for little old me to win Player of the Month is fantastic.”
He was brought to Rotherham by Mark Robins at a time when Rochdale desperately needed money to pay a tax bill and the reported £125,000 fee proved a bargain.
Despite his scoring record at Rotherham - he netted 58 goals in 105 appearances - many doubted his ability to move higher up football’s foodchain.
“Lots of managers ran the rule over me and they’re probably kicking themselves now - look at all the clubs in Yorkshire who could have signed me if they’d wanted to,” the little striker said in a recent interview.
He was subject of Sheffield Wednesday interest at the time Reading signed him from Rotherham in August 2011.
“I always remember Kevin Blackwell on a Football League show saying I wasn’t good enough for higher,” he said. “It’s their opinion but I just carried on scoring goals.”
To make it a double honour for Reading, Brian McDermott is Premier League Manager of the Month.