Rotherham United: Millers move for big striker

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Big striker Alex Revell has been in outstanding form this season but Rotherham United followers did have one concern - what would they do if he was missing because they had no similar replacement?

Now, their relief is palpable after the club signed a similar type of player in 21-year-old Tom Eaves on a three month loan from Bolton Wanderers.

However, manager Steve Evans insists that the 6ft 4ins Eaves hasn’t arrived simply to ‘shadow’ Revell but can also play alongside him as well.

Eaves, a six figure signing by Bolton from Oldham three years ago, had successful spells last season at Bristol Rovers (7 goals in 15 appearances) and Shrewsbury (6 goals in 10 appearances in League One).

“He’s big, strong and quick and we tried to get him in the close season but Dougie Freedman (Bolton manager) said ‘No’,” commented Millers boss Steve Evans.

“We’ve been in the ring with three League One clubs but he wanted to come here and so too did his manager with whom he is very well regarded.

“To be honest, we were worried if something should happen to Alex Revell and I’m not sure we can expect him to play 50-odd games and 90 minutes in them all.

“He’s been fantastic this season and we know how valuable he is but we lacked someone who could play that role and they are so hard to find. We think we’ve found one.

“But we have not brought him here simply as understudy, we like him because he can also play with ‘Revs’ as well.”

Eaves goes into the squad for the trip to Walsall, Rotherham taking their seven game unbeaten league run to a side who are bouyant after their 1-0 win at neighbours Wolves on Tuesday.

“I was at that game, it was a typical local derby, some huffing and puffing and some tackles going in and Walsall showed what a good side they are,” said Evans.

“Dean Smith has done a great job there and even though he lost some key players in the summer, he has replaced them and he feels they are stronger this year which makes them play-off contenders.”

Evans will again be without Michael O’Connor but Craig Morgan is back training and it is hoped he will return. Claude Davis is set to be out for a month with his hamstring injury.

David Worrall could also be back in the squad.