Rotherham United: Can Claude Davis plug Millers leaks?

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THE capture of Claude Davis yesterday will mean more centre defence change for Rotherham United.

However, manager Steve Evans will hope that his newcomer proves a stabilising factor as the Millers look to plug a defence that has been leaking goals at home with alarming regularity.

Davis, 33, was one of the key figures in Evans’s Crawley team which was on its way to promotion when the manager decamped to South Yorkshire at Easter.

There were several clubs interested in Davis who had a season at Sheffield United in 2006/07. It was narrowed down to four and then became two with Bradford City believed to be the other one involved.

But Evans persuaded him to throw in his lot with the Millers and now Millers followers await to see who Davis will be paired with.

One assumes it will be Johnny Mullins although Kari Arnason is available after a one-match ban although Evans says he wants the Iceland international to play in midfield.

The man Davis replaces, Ian Sharps (out on loan at Burton Albion) was Evans’ major defensive Summer signing having helped Shrewsbury to promotion last season.

Sharps was a regular until injury struck and figured in five of the seven different centre-defence alliances so far.

Alongside him have played Mullins, Arnason, Craig Morgan, Mark Bradley and Jason Taylor. The Sharps-Morgan partnership looked to have gelled nicely until injury split it up.

Injury cost Sharps his place in December. Then he saw Mullins and Arnason team up and stay together.

However, Arnason’s dismissal at Aldershot in the FA Cup saw Sharps return for what now appears to have been the farewell of his second spell at the club in the last game, at home to Barnet.

Although he remains several weeks away yet from a likely return after suffering a broken bone, Craig Morgan would push hard for a regular starting place when he is fit.

Evans describes Davis as someone who ‘defends with his heart’ and he has a no-nonsense approach to defending.

With no clean sheet in their last eight home games and 15 goals conceded in those eight, Rotherham will hope Davis elicits some improvement.