Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans content with loan waiting game

Loan signing Tom Lawrence
Loan signing Tom Lawrence

Boss Steve Evans is happy to wait until next year to find out whether the loan players helping shape Rotherham United’s new style will remain at the club.

The Millers are unbeaten in the Championship since Tom Lawrence, Reece James, Emmanuel Ledesma and Scott Wootton came together, and Saturday’s win at Wigan Athletic lifted them into 19th place.

Evans said: “These players are all with us to near on the middle of January so it will be January before their clubs can really answer to us because they’ll want to go and do some business themselves.

“They’ve certainly not given us any indication that it’s going to be anything other than positive. If it’s down to the players, they’ve all told me and told our football club that they want to stay and be part of it.

“But, like us, they’re at the beck and call of their parent club, and so they should be. Because the clubs that have got players from us on loan, they’ll be at the beck and call of us.”

Evans’ switched to a pass-and-move approach after a home defeat against Birmingham and has been rewarded with three draws, all of which could have been wins, and Saturday’s victory against the Latics.

He has been delighted by the response of the players who were already at the club to the new format,

“They’ve embraced it, haven’t they? If they don’t embrace it, they go out. It’s quite simple.,” he said.

“I think you can only look at Arni (Kari Arnason) and Morgs (Craig Morgan) as an example. They’re absolutely refreshed by it; loving it. Richie Smallwood the same.

“This isn’t just about four new players that have come in to change our style.

“You have to take everyone on that journey with you, so we’ve put all the players on a train and we’re off on a journey.

“Those who can’t or won’t play to the style - and there’s a difference; some would love to play to it but probably can’t - then unfortunately we need to pull into a platform and let them off.”