Rotherham United midfielder Tom Adeyemi admits today’s battle for Yorkshire bragging right with Leeds United comes with a touch of added spice.
The Millers loan man played for the West Leeds outfit last season and is determined to show them what they’re missing in this afternoon’s Championship derby at New York Stadium.
“You want to play well in every game, but it does give you a little bit of extra motivation when it is against a former team,” said the 25-year-old whose parent club is Cardiff City
“It is always nice to have a little bit of extra motivation to do well.”
The 25-year-old joined the Bluebirds in 2014 but has been out of the first-team picture and is looking to put down roots after two seasons of frustration.
“It has been a little bit unsettling in that I am at Cardiff and have gone on two loan spells,” he said.
“I am looking to find somewhere to settle down and rebuild as I have not had the regular football that I have been wanting. I am hoping that it’s time I am able to do that.”
Adeyemi has suffered a stop-start beginning to his career in South Yorkshire, with injuries restricting him to six appearances since his August 18 arrival.
But he is fighting fit after putting calf and thigh problems behind him and is relishing today’s encounter as the division’s bottom club bid to suprise Gary Monk’s play-off-chasing visitors.
“Leeds always bring a big following to away games and particularly to a Yorkshire derby like this,” he said.
“Hopefully our fans are going to turn out in numbers and get behind us.
“It will be a really good atmosphere.
“I am back fit and my body is feeling good, so I am hoping I will get that run and it will coincide with the team pushing up the table.”
The Millers, who are without a win in their last 13 games, are looking to bounce back from last week’s 3-0 defeat at Derby County which left them 11 points adrift of a safety spot.
“Once a few results go against you, it is easy for heads to go down,” Adeyemi said. “I think that was probably the case in the Derby game.
“We felt like we started reasonably well. But once the goals went in, it was like: ‘Here we go again.’
“I think people lost a bit of faith, and it is easy to then get rolled over.”