Rotherham United: Millers ace ‘like Beckham’

James Tavernier scores against Bristol City

James Tavernier scores against Bristol City

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Millers loan ace James Tavernier may have missed out on the League One Player of the Month award but has still drawn comparisons to a young David Beckham.

Millers loan ace James Tavernier may have missed out on the League One Player of the Month award but has still drawn comparisons to a young David Beckham.

Assistant manager Paul Raynor likened the 22-year-old, on loan from Newcastle, to England legend Beckham after witnessing his dedication to free-kick practice in training

“I see James out there on the training ground and he’s working on his free-kicks all the time,” said Raynor, who played with Beckham at Preston when the Manchester United youngster had a loan spell there.

“David Beckham would be out there practising free-kicks. I saw how hard he worked on them and how he was doing it all the time.

“Well, I’ve seen James doing that, and we have people here wanting to do extra, There are days when you have to drag them off the training ground.

Tavernier, who scored three goals from full-back in March - including two stunning free-kicks -and produced a string of eye-catching displays, was pipped to the League One prize by Coventry City striker Callum Wilson.

Manager Steve Evans was nominated for the boss’s award which went to Wolves’ Kenny Jackett

Raynor added: “James has certainly done well. He plays with a smile on his face and one of the really good things when he came here was that he wanted to stay to the end of the season.

“He’s enjoying the fact he’s playing regularly, in a good environment in a really good and competitive league, and he’s thriving. Let’s hope he continues to do so.

“Work hard, practise and you get your rewards.

Evans,along with Millers chairman Tony Stewart, has been in Europe this week checking out two young players the club have previously had watched.

The Millers are at Gillingham this afternoon needing a point to guarantee a play-off place.

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