It didn’t take too long for Rotherham United fans to set up a chant to salute a new goalscoring hero this week.
D-I-C-K-O could now be reverbrating around the New York Stadium this weekend if the Millers fans follow on the backing the 500-plus support at Sixfields Stadium gave loan signing Nouha Dicko during Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Coventry City.
The 21-year-old French striker marked his full debut with a well-taken first goal, the assist for the second and winning the penalty for the third. In addition, he showed pace and sharp movement that added something extra and potent to Rotherham’s attacking threat.
He is on loan from Wigan Athletic until January and he was handed his first start on Tuesday having appeared as a second half substitute last Saturday.
“He comes with fantastic references and I had 16 meetings with his agent to persuade him it would be advantageous to be with us,” said Millers boss Steve Evans.
“I first tried to sign him last season but Roberto Martinez wanted to keep him involved with Wigan. Owen Coyle took over and I spoke to Owen back in July but couldn’t get him but now I’m really grateful to Owen for letting us have him.
“The lad can obviously score a goal and has the type of electric pace that will frighten defenders at any level of the game. He is regarded as a striker but he is also very effective playing in a wide role on either side of the pitch.
“His first goal was brilliantly taken and I think he can only get better. He is a youngster learning the game and it is important he gets games but that means (me) making tough decisions.”
Dicko had spells at Blackpool and Wolves last season. At Blackpool he was mainly used as a substitute but still scored five goals whilst he made three subs appearances and a start at the end of the season for Wolves and scored once.
“I’m determined to do well here,” said Dicko who was born in Paris, his family originating from Mali. “I’ve scored in The Championship and hopefully I can do that for Rotherham.
“The manager had told me we are a really attacking team and that suits my style.”
His inclusion meant no start for Matt Tubbs and it looks certain that Dicko will start again on Saturday at home to Gillingham.
Michael Tidser also staked a claim after his late inclusion against Coventry. Michael O’Connor had a groin strain and in the warm-up Rob Milsom had a back spasm. Evans said Tidser was the best player on the pitch in the second half.