Rotherham United: Millers boss has striker poser

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An opportunity is opening up for someone at Rotherham United. The vacancy is in the goalscoring department.

Not that it’s been a complete struggle as three players, Kieran Agard, Lee Frecklington and Daniel Nardiello have all scored five this season.

But it’s just that some decent performances have not been topped off in the way they deserve to have been and the spotlight has been starting to focus on an inability to finish teams off.

The last seven league games have brought five goals - a contrast to the opening seven games when they scored 14.

Of the last seven there have been three blanks and only once have they scored more than a single goal which was in the 3-2 defeat at MK Dons with the second goal being a ‘gift’ own goal.

So, as manager Steve Evans ponders his selection possibilities, he will be seeking the most successful front pairing.

He has a few choices but also one or two issues as he looks ahead to Saturday’s home game with Colchester United.

Does he persevere with the hard-working Alex Revell, the attack’s focal point but who has struggled to score? Does he give Tom Eaves a go in that role instead.

Does he restore Daniel Nardiello, a player of quality and goal threat but off-form in the last two home games?

And where does Matt Tubbs figure in it all? Without any pre-season work when he arrived and not at his sharpest when he did start, he has a goal pedigree but hasn’t managed to score in any of his subs’ appearances and hasn’t even been able to make a compelling case by bagging goals for the reserves.

Evans can go back to tried and trusted or go for something different but a Nardiello/Tubbs central partnership doesn’t look a starter.

The Millers boss will have to keep trying the permutations but is probably eyeing up a potential signing too.