EVERY club starts the season hoping they’ve got a 20 goal striker. Few of them have one who plays out wide.
Kieran Agard has just reached that particular goalscoring milestone having spent virtually all season occupying the right flank for Rotherham United.
Only latterly has he found himself in the central striking role which he considers his ‘real’ position, not that he’s complaining.
“I’ll play wherever I’m wanted and while I would consider myself a striker by trade, it is about doing a job for the team whatever the role and I hope I’ve been able to do that and can continue to do it,” said the 24-year-old.
Agard - along with Ben Pringle and Alex Revell - has appeared in every game, all but a handful on the right flank although three of the last four have seen him down the middle alongside Revell.
His double in Tuesday’s win over Brentford took him to the 20 goal mark and he admits honestly: “I didn’t think I’d get 20.
“Playing out on the right I thought I’d chip in with a few goals. It’s nice to have got 20 and people have said ‘well done’ but it’s about goals, the team winning and not personal accolades.”
He’s also taken on the mantle of penalty taker and the spot kick on Tuesday was his sixth out of seven, the most penalties scored in the division along with Tranmere’s Ryan Lowe.
In fact, Rotherham have had ten penalties in all (two missed), the most in the division along with Peterborough. But after two recent away games when Agard was denied what seemed blatant penalties, Millers boss Steve Evans said: “We don’t get penalties do we.”
Agard’s 20 follows the 20 of Daniel Nardiello last season (although some records may incorrectly show 19) and other recent 20-goal plus Millers have been Lewis Grabban 23 (inc seven pens) and Adam Le Fondre with 24 (2 pens) and 30 (ten pens).
The last Millers striker to top 20 in League One was Mark Robins with 25 (four pens) in the 2000/01 promotion season.
The last wide player to top 20 was left winger Alan Crawford in 1976/77 with 31 which included 13 penalties.
There are no fresh injuries as the Millers prepare for tomorrow’s visit of Bristol City, vastly-improved under Steve Cotterill.