Rotherham United: No more Mr Nice Guy, Millers boss Steve Evans urges Jordan Bowery

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Steve Evans admits he’d be happy for Jordan Bowery to date his daughter, but the Rotherham United boss still wishes his striker would develop a meaner edge.

The Millers manager says the the only thing the 24-year-old he describes as “the nicest kid in the world” needs to become a complete player is a tougher approach to his game.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

“This kid is son-in-law material,” Evans said. “And by that I mean if you have a daughter and she brings him home you’d be really happy.

“He’s mild-mannered, he smiles every day he comes in. If an atom bomb went off behind him, he’d go: ‘Ah well, we’ll be okay tomorrow.’.

He’s the nicest kid in the world. All the staff have that view. He just needs that little bit of nastiness. Can you use that word in a striker? Yes, you can.”

The former Chesterfield starlet became Rotherham’s record signing when he joined them from Premier League Aston Villa last summer but has failed to nail down a regular starting role.

He was a substitute as the Millers opened their Championship campaign against MK Dons last Saturday, and Evans said: “This football club is now looking for him to repay some of that investment we made.

“He’ll be looking to establish himself as a Championship starter, rather than a Championship player who can make a difference off the bench. We know he can do that.

Jordan has been impressive in pre-season. He was close to starting on Saturday. He’s champing at the bit to play. If he gets his opportunity, he’s now at the stage where he needs to take it. He’s now in the year we thought would be pivotal for him.”

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Bowery scored five goals last season, all as a sub, and Evans believes there could be so much more to come.

“Jordan needs that little nastiness to his game because he’s got every attribute,” he said.

“He’s 6ft 2in tall, quick, strong, powerful and can score a goal. He’s 6ft 2in and got the touch of someone 5ft 2in. He just needs that little bit more devilment and desire.”