Rotherham United: New winger Adams may have to bide his time for first start

New Millers winger Nicky Adams, seen here celebrating for former club Crawley Town, could be on the bench for Saturday's trip to Colchester
New Millers winger Nicky Adams, seen here celebrating for former club Crawley Town, could be on the bench for Saturday's trip to Colchester
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With new signing Nicky Adams set to come into contention for the first time this weekend for Rotherham United, the question many Millers followers are asking is “Where will he play?”

Adams joined the Millers on deadline day from Crawley Town but not in time to be considered for last Saturday.

He is a winger who, as he showed in his appearance at the New York Stadium for Crawley the previous week, can operate on either flank. He set up Crawley’s opener with a cross from the right.

The current wide players are both having excellent seasons.

On the right, top scorer Kieran Agard has scored 15 goals. He has been a consistent scorer as well as showing a great work ethic and manager Steve Evans says he considers him his player of the season so far.

On the left is Ben Pringle and his quality delivery, from open play and set-pieces, have produced a number of goals. Leaving out either to accommodate Adams looks, at first glance, a non-starter.

It may well be that Adams starts his Rotherham career on the bench at Colchester on Saturday and boss Evans gave his take on things.

“Nicky Adams adds greatly to what we’ve already got,” he said. “He can play on either wing or off a striker but we see him as a wide player.

“If you turn up every week and your shirt is on the peg then you’re not as effective as when you look over and see a Nicky Adams sitting there. You might not be as confident of playing as normal. We spoke about needing real competition in that area of the pitch and we’ve got that now. ”

Evans said reports that Rotherham had paid £90,000 for him was “wildly exaggerated” and that it was “nowhere near that”.

He did try to get him last Summer for what would have been a club record fee of around £200,000 but it didn’t come off and neither did an effort to land Adams in October.

On loan full back James Tavernier is on the shortlist for the League One Player of the Month for January.