Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says that loan signing Haris Vuckic will show something special when he gets his chance over the next half-a-dozen games.
The Millers boss, who distanced himself yesterday from speculation linking him with the vacant Sheffield Wednesday position, also said he wasn’t brought in as cover for Alex Revell but because he’s a bit different.
Vuckic, a 21-year-old capped once by Slovenia, got the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s excellent display against Gillingham but is set to figure more often during his loan spell from Newcastle United.
“I didn’t want to sign a like-for-like replacement for ‘Revs’ and then have him sitting next to me on the bench every week,” said Evans.
“We wanted someone who’s a little bit different, someone who can drop in and link the play and, especially at home, someone who can unlock the door and he can certainly do that.
“Haris is a special player and he’ll show that over the next five or six games.”
Evans said that while he could play instead of Revell, he can also play with him.
“He and James Tavernier came down from Newcastle United and they were excellent,” said Evans. “You can get some from Premier League clubs and they’re big time Charlies, well, these two were not.”
Tavernier had an outstanding debut which he marked with a goal - the first of his career - and played in both full back positions.
His take on colleague Vuckic? “He’s really good, very technical and he has an excellent all-round game,” he said.
“He brings other people into the game and he is someone who scores goals too, I think he will do well.
Tavernier said he was delighted to get a start last week. “I planned to come in and make a difference and I hope I did that,” he added. “Alan Pardew has told me to work hard, get my head down and that’s what I intend to do.”
The Millers reserve game next Monday against Sheffield Wednesday at Parkgate has had the kick off brought forward to 1pm.