MIDFIELD playmaker Nicky Law has lavished praise on Rotherham United leading goalscorer Adam Le Fondre and is backing the diminutive striker to propel the club into League One.
Le Fondre, one of the most coveted forwards in the lower leagues, notched his 20th goal of the campaign in the 2-0 victory over Accrington Stanley in midweek. It was the eighth time Le Fondre had registered against Stanley.
It was Le Fondre’s 50th strike in 86 appearances for the promotion-chasing Millers, who moved back into third spot following the team’s third win on the trot at Don Valley Stadium.
Law told The Star: “It is a massive achievement for Alfie (Le Fondre) to get to 50 goals. He has got a magnificent goalscoring record for us. He admitted after the match it wasn’t his best game but he still popped up with the second goal. That sums up Alf.
“In some games, you won’t notice him for 85 minutes and then he will score out of nothing. He is the top goalscorer in this league and everyone is really pleased for him.
“He has got a huge role to play in the run-in. Keeping him in January was great for the club.”
Chairman Tony Stewart ignored overtures from Huddersfield Town, who approached Rotherham in the January transfer window regarding Le Fondre’s services.
The former Stockport trainee is contracted to the South Yorkshire outfit until the summer of 2012 and has put off talks of an extension until the end of the current season.
Law expects Le Fondre to play at a higher level in the foreseeable future: “Alfie will score goals whoever he plays for. It is just a case of whether someone will give him that chance to play higher,” he said. “If they did, I’m sure they would make a great signing. There are not many better players than him at putting the ball in the back of the net.”
Manager Ronnie Moore has urged Le Fondre to up his workrate this week. He reckons the striker “will be an even better player” if he adds that dimension to his game.