Rotherham United: Season Preview

Saturday is here and the start of the 2017/18 season!!!  It seems to have taken an age for the new season to come around.  I thought I would take this opportunity to write a blog summarising Rotherham’s pre-season and looking ahead to what the season may have in store for them and who may be the stand out performers for the Millers this season.

Pre-season:

All in all it turned out to be a pretty decent pre-season for Rotherham, they have come out of it with no long term injuries and the majority of the squad got vital minutes under their belts ahead of what is sure to be a long, hard season.  The Millers came away with 5 wins from their 6 Pre-season games, scoring 23 and only conceding 6.

Manager Paul Warne said “Pre-season has been a long process but it has been good with some really pleasing performances and he hopes that the fans have enjoyed the way they have played.  Since last season Warney has made 8 new signings and says that he is pleased with the options that he now has, so much so he and his coaching staff have been having an headache all week deciding on the front 6 for the first game at Fleetwood Town.

Season Preview:

Who will be Rotherham’s star player?

To be honest I’m struggling to see past David Ball.  I feel he has all the star quality to be the Millers star player. I said at the time this was a real coup for Rotherham prizing him away from Fleetwood, a team I think its fair to say going places. I just feel playing in that number 10 role he will provide plenty of assists and get his fair share of goals.  This will make him a crowd pleaser and sure to pick up individual club awards come the end of the season

Who is the best signing?

I think this has to be Darren Potter, a player coming to the club who has a wealth of experience playing at this level and also knows his way out of League One.  I believe he can have the calming influence in the middle of the park, something we’ve craved for years in my opinion. With his passing ability I expect him to be a quarter back type of player starting our attacks and even chipping in with the odd assist here and there.

Who is the biggest loss to the team?

Obviously this has to be Danny Ward, but it was inevitable this was going to happen we were lucky to keep hold of him in January, fair play to him for sticking it out and giving his all for the club right to the end. We can only hope that the likes of Proctor and Moore can help fill the void Danny left behind and in fairness the signs of this in pre-season have been positive.

How will we get on this season?

If you would of asked me this question at the end of last season I would have said we could be serious contenders to be relegated again. The squad looked like it wouldn’t even compete in League one and it needed a major overall not to mention I have my reservations about the manager.  However looking at the signings we’ve made and some encouraging performances in pre-season, I’m confident we can finish around 10th this season and I would take that.  I feel its important that we look to consolidate and you could argue that we are not ready as a club for another crack at The Championship yet.

Winners and Losers

The three teams that I think will go up are:

  • Wigan
  • Blackburn
  • Fleetwood

The four teams I think will go down are:

  • Plymouth
  • Bury
  • Wimbledon
  • Oldham

Lets hope for a great season for the Millers by jove we deserve it after what we had to endure last season!  Feel free to join in the debate with what you think this season may have in store for us boys and girls by commenting below.  C’mon you Reds UTM

Oh and don’t forget… M.U.M are the Words!!

Joe

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