IT HAS taken him longer than he would have liked but Rotherham United manager Andy Scott is confident he has now found a replacement for prolific little striker Adam Le Fondre.
Brett Williams, who joined the Millers on loan from Reading in August, broke his duck in the 2-1 loss to Crawley Town last weekend. The forward moved in the opposite direction to Le Fondre, who signed for the Royals for an undisclosed fee before the permanent transfer window closed.
Injuries have curtailed Williams’ first-team involvement and the player, who turned 24 yesterday, has featured just four times since coming to the South Yorkshire outfit.
Scott sees traces of Le Fondre in Williams and told The Star: “Brett has always scored goals whether that has been for Eastleigh or Reading’s reserves. He has a knack that Alfie [Le Fondre] had where he gets in the right place at the right time.
“You don’t see him sometimes in training and then all of a sudden he will score four or five goals. He is a bit of a ‘Johnny-on-the-spot.”
After opening his account in League Two, Williams is expected to lead the attack when Rotherham lock horns with Shrewsbury in the FA Cup tomorrow.
Scott said: “Brett is enjoying his football now and I think this is the first time he has been fully fit with us.
“When he first came in, he was feeling the injury and it was hampering his performances.
“He has comeback strong and his partnership with Revs [Alex Revell] is starting to pick up so we are hopeful that will continue.
“Brett came out of non league as a young lad but he has got tremendous ability.
“He was disappointed with the miss in the one on one last week. He should have hit the target and that would have been a goal. His finish was top drawer though. If that was in the Premier League, everyone would have been lauding it. It was a terrific goal and he has got that quality.”
Like Williams, Sam Wood has been given the nod to feature in the tie by parent club Brentford. Other loanees Conrad Logan and Guy Branston are also available for selection but Jon Harley has been refused permission to play by Notts County. Tom Newey is in line to deputise in the left-back department.
Scott has confirmed Gareth Evans’ ankle injury is not as bad as first feared. He sent the winger to see the specialist on Tuesday and he had a scan on the problem which revealed no break. However, Scott said Evans is unlikely to be fit again until mid-January.
Shrewsbury, fourth in League Two, are seeking a fifth win in a row.