He’s broken into Rotherham United’s first team, scored his first senior goal and been tipped as a Premier League player of the future, but all young Farrend Rawson is doing is focusing on the next game.
It’s bottom v top tonight when the Millers face high-flying Brighton, and the 19-year-old is simply hoping he keeps his place at the Amex Stadium.
“Hopefully I can have some involvement and we can get the result we need,” said the centre-half who grabbed the goal which earned Rotherham a deserved draw at Charlton on Saturday.
“It’s a massive, massive game. They’re top of the league. They’re flying. We’re going to have to go there and be strong as a unit.”
The Millers, with Rawson making the first start of his loan spell from Derby County and three new players in the team, looked much more solid at The Valley than they had in their opening five Championship matches before the international break.
And the Derby County youngster believes their first league win of the campaign isn’t far away.
“We’ve got good players. We’ve got good players who can go forward and score goals,” he said. “If we keep it tight, anything can happen. I can’t wait.
“Hopefully we can get the result we need. We’re building and building and we’re going to shock some teams. Rotherham United is an exciting place to be around.”
Millers manager Steve Evans believes Rawson, who impressed in a loan spell at AESSEAL New York Stadium last season, has the potential to go on and play in the top flight and even for England.
The youngster said: “It’s all about experience, gaining loads of experience at my age. I’m not going to get ahread of myself, definitely not.
“I’m going to keep grounded, I’m going to work as hard as I can, keep trying to improve my game, come up against some of the top players in the Championship and some strikers who have played in the Premier League.
“I’m just going to do my best. That’s all I can do really. It’s down to me when I get my chance to take it and kick on, like I’m doing. Hopefully, I can keep my form up, but I can’t do anything without the team.”
New goalkeeper Lee Camp excelled on his debut at Charlton, while there were encouraging signs from loan midfielders Vadis Odjidja-0foe and Tony Andreu on their first starts for the club.
On New Year’s day in 2014 Camp sealed a permananent move to Bournemouth with a stunning display at Brighton in a 1-1 draw while he was on loan with the Cherries.
Brighton will be without forward Kazenga LuaLua who is serving a one-match ban for accumulating five bookings. The winger who was named the second tier’s Player of the Month for August, is the most fouled player in the division yet the first to reach five yellow cards.
Former Sheffield United star Jamie Murphy, who has spent most of his time on the bench since his move from Bramall Lane, is expected to deputise.
The Seagulls have won five and drawn one of their opening six games, with all their victories coming by single-goal margins.
Tonight sees supporter John Norris notch up his 1,000th successive competitive match following the Millers.
Rotherham have made him their guest for the night to mark the occasion and the 51-year-old, a hugely-popular figure in Millers circles, will watch the game in the company of chairman Tony Stewart.