Will he? Or won’t he? The big Alf question

Goal machine: The Millers highly-rated Adam Le Fondre about to unleash a shot at goal against Leicester City.             Picture: Paul Wickson
Goal machine: The Millers highly-rated Adam Le Fondre about to unleash a shot at goal against Leicester City. Picture: Paul Wickson
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SO will he or won’t he?

No, nothing to do about whether Adam Le Fondre will score goals or not.

He’s been doing that for a while now, is doing it again this season and there’s little reason to suspect he’s not going to carry on doing it.

The question that constantly hangs over the man nicknamed “The Goal Machine” is ‘Will he be leaving the Millers or won’t he?’.

As the summer transfer deadline looms into view with just over a week to go, it is a question exercising the minds of many Rotherham United followers.

It could be that no one actually does know the answer. Although Millers chairman Tony Stewart was fairly adamant last week - Alf is staying.

Well, he certainly is if Mr Stewart and his Board don’t receive an offer that will entice them. That certainly could happen - and the price can hardly have come down considering Le Fondre has bagged four goals already this season and is looking a much more rounded player into the bargain.

What’s more, the Millers don’t have to sell. They’re not desperate for a few quid and so cannot be tempted by a cut-price deal.

Yes, Le Fondre is out of contract at the end of the season and he will be free to go and the club won’t get a penny. But, it seems, the Millers hierarchy are cool about that.

There’s a line of thinking that if Alf stays then he might well get the goals that will help take them to promotion. That could be the payback for keeping him and might prove to be worth more than the price they get before the window clangs shut at the end of August. Or in January.

Boss Andy Scott is rather sanguine about it all whilst preparing contingency plans should someone prise him away. And he is on record as saying he will play at a higher level.

Scott is used to the regular media questions about Alf. There’s not a deal more he can add in reply but did come up with a nice line in answering another query.

Asked last week if there was any interest in Alf, Scott replied: “Yes, I’m interested. I want people who can score goals in my team so, yes, I want Alf in my team.”

Le Fondre, 24, is just a couple away from reaching 60 goals for the Millers in two seasons plus a handful of games this time. After his barren spell and poor form in the second half of last season, he looks to be enjoying himself more this season and he’s certainly working harder and contributing more all-round.

Do the Millers cash in to the tune of a few hundred thousands pounds and then utilise some of it to add to the squad or do they keep him and bank on him scoring more?

As to whether he’ll go or stay, it seems that no one really does know. Although we can all guess!