Rotherham United: Millers boss’s plan for Becchio

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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans says new striker Luciano Becchio will be allowed to play his way to full fitness.

The former Leeds United hitman, a profilic scorer at Championship level, started at Bournemouth on Saturday even though the Millers manager acknowledges he isn’t yet match-fit.

And Evans revealed ahead of tonight’s game at Bolton Wanderers that the deadline-day loan signing from Norwich City can expect plenty of action as the club bring him up to full speed.

“The overriding view of all the members of the management team is that the only way to get game-time is to play,” Evans said.

“We know that we’re going to wrestle in the next few weeks to get Luciano up to the pace and the sharpness levels we need.

“He’s a physically fit guy. He’s impecccably fit. But in the next two or three weeks we’ll see a different Luciano on the pitch to the one we’re seeing at the minute.”

Rotherham head to Bolton buoyed by a draw at 1-1 Bournemouth where striker Jordan Bowery scored his first goal for the club, in the 93rd minute.

I was very pleased for him,” Evans said. “He’s big and he’s strong and he’s powerful but he’s a kid at the end of the day. There’s a lot more to come from him.

You can see from the reaction towards him from the whole team and the bench and the guys who’d come off what it meant to them.

“We’re a team here. We don’t have the big differences in wages or the big differences in how people get treated that you get in a lot of the dressing rooms in the Championship.

“There are a lot of big players in the Championship who run the dressing room, who run their football club. We don’t have that. We’re all as one here.”

Winless Bolton are third from bottom in the second tier and manager Dougie Freedman is under pressure.

Evans pledged: “We’ll go there and we’ll be organised and efficient and try to add to our points tally.

“Dougie has had two or three injuries. He’s had two or three players he was hoping to get into the football club who didn’t come in. It’s a real tough job. I wonder how many electricians or plumbers go to their work and their work’s not that good for a couple of weeks so they’re under pressure and might get sacked.

“It’s a winnable game if we play very well. It’s not winnable if we don’t turn up and aren’t at it.”