Rotherham United: Chelsea kid Izzy Brown boosts Millers after Kirk Broadfoot blow

Izzy Brown
Izzy Brown

Manager Alan Stubbs has hailed the debut impact of new Rotherham United loan winger Izzy Brown.

Teenager Brown has joined the Millers for the season from Premier League Chelsea and made his Championship bow in the 1-0 home win over Brentford on Saturday - Stubbs’ first victory since taking the hot-seat.

The 19-year-old received a standing ovation when he was substituted with two minutes to go, and the Rotherham boss said: “He certainly brings a lot of quality.

“I don’t know of any bad players at Chelsea. I’ll take more if there are any on offer!”

Brown, who moved to Stamford Bridge from West Brom when he was 16, spent last season in Holland on loan with Vitesse Arnhem, playing in the Europa League and the top Dutch division.

“He’s a young lad finding his way,” Stubbs added. “He’s had a very big move to a very big club at a very young age. Breaking into the Chelsea team is very difficult. He’ll be the first to admit that the move to Vitesse wasn’t as fruitful as he thought it was going to be.

“He’s come back, and we’re delighted that Chelsea have given us the opportunity to help develop one of their star young players.”

Meanwhile, centre-half Kirk Broadfoot has been ruled out for up to two months after having an operation on a nerve problem in his back.

The 32-year-old underwent surgery on Saturday after the club learned that rest wouldn’t necessarily provide a cure.

“It’s a blow for us,” Stubbs said. “We’re hoping it’s going to be six to eight weeks. If he just rested it we were potentially looking at three months with no guarantee of it then being resolved.

“This is the best solution. I hope the six to eight weeks is until he’s back playing, not just training.”

Another player to suffer an injury was new midfielder Tom Adeyemi, 24, who was withdrawn at half-time on his debut against the Bees.

“He felt his thigh a little bit,” Stubbs said. “We’re hoping it’s not going to be anything significant. He felt it enough for him not to be able to carry on.

“I thought he was doing very well up until then.”

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