Rotherham United: Boss Steve Evans’ praise for new loan signing Emmanuel Ledesma

Emmanuel Ledesma against Birmingham
Emmanuel Ledesma against Birmingham
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Boss Steve Evans is backing new signing Emmanuel Ledesma to add quality to his Rotherham United team.

The Middlesbrough loan winger made his debut as a half-time substitute last Saturday even though he had travelled to Rotherham only the day before and hadn’t trained with his Millers teammates.

And Evans, looking for a response from his squad after a 1-0 defeat against Birmingham City, is hoping for big things from the talented Argentine.

“I thought for periods in the second half he was the best player on the park,” the Millers manager said.

“We weren’t dominant so we didn’t get the ball to him enough. But he’s got some ability.

“We just need to attract one or two more players with the quality he’s got, because we normally have all that hunger and fight and passion. He’s top-class.”

A disappointing home defeat against the Blues left Rotherham in the bottom three in the Championship, although a victory against bottom club Blackpool this Saturday at AESSEAL New York Stadium could see them jump several places. Ledesma, after a week of getting to know his fellow Millers players, is a likely starter.

Evans said: “Some of his play (against Birmingham) ... if others had been on top of their game, I think we would have see some fruits from that.

“He’s just joined us. It was our thought to just give him the last 10 or 15 minutes.

“But there was the opportunity to put him on at half-time because it was glaring to everybody that we needed some quality.”

Meanwhile, six new fans’ ‘honours boards’ will be officially unveiled at New York Stadium this afternoon.

The boards, which were first on show at the Middlesbrough match at the end of October, contain the names and messages of supporters who paid into the club’s ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme at the old Millmoor ground before the Millers went into administration.