Whether Matt Tubbs is the final piece in Rotherham United’s jigsaw remains to be seen although clubs rarely admit they aren’t ‘still looking’ for the next signing. But certainly he may be regarded as a big piece in the jigsaw being put together at the New York Stadium.
Manager Steve Evans was pursuing the 29-year-old striker last Summer. Despite lodging a bid, he perhaps never reckoned on getting him considering Tubbs had gone up to League One with Bournemouth and there was little choice of him then leaving his home town club to drop back into League Two.
Of course, Evans knows Tubbs well. He signed him for Crawley from Salisbury City (where he had been a prolific scorer) for a reported £50,000 and then had him for a couple of seasons at Crawley before he was sold to Bournemouth in a deal said to be worth £800,000.
The Millers boss was never going to let his interest drop and has finally got him on loan to the end of January with no recall and with a view to a permanent move.
However, whether Tubbs will start at Crewe on Saturday is uncertain. He has had a thigh strain recently and Rotherham will assess his fitness standards throughout this week.
In addition, striker Kieran Agard has staked a claim for a start if Evans decides not to play a lone striker and puts someone alongside Alex Revell. He scored twice against Barnsley as a half-time sub and made a big impact against Middlesbrough four days earlier.