ALAN STUBBS is confident that new Rotherham United loan signing Tom Adeyemi will provide an added physical dimension following his arrival from Cardiff City.
The 24-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Leeds United, has become the Millers’ seventh signing of a hectic August, with Millers chief Stubbs still hoping to add a centre-forward before the closure of the summer transfer window.
Adeyemi, the club’s 11th capture of the summer, could make his debut in tomorrow’s Championship home game with Brentford, one of his former clubs.
On Adeyemi, who also spent a loan spell at Bradford City earlier in his career, with the Millers representing his eighth club, Stubbs said: “Tom will give us much-needed competition in that midfield area. He is a big, strong, athletic, dominant midfield player.
“He is also a box-to-box player who has got great energy. He will give us something that I feel will certainly add to that midfield.
“Tom’s work ethic is very good and he is good on the ball and he wins the ball back. He is one of those who turns a lot of 50:50 balls into his favour. He should be wanting to score more goals.
“Also, he gives us more solidity in there. He is more of a physical presence, which we wanted.”
After starting his career at Norwich, the powerful midfielder spent loan spells at Bradford, Oldham and the Bees before joining Birmingham City permanently in June 2013 – before switching to Cardiff in August 2014.
But he went on to join Leeds on a season-long loan with a view to a full-time transfer in July 2015, making 24 games in total, but returning to South Wales at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Stubbs has revealed that Adeyemi’s fellow loan recruit Izzy Brown could feature at the weekend, with the talented Chelsea attacker training with his new club yesterday following his arrival earlier this week.
Kirk Broadfoot (back) is 50-50 for Saturday’s game.
Lee Frecklington, Greg Halford and Joe Newell all still out -–although the trio will step up their rehabilitation in training next week.
On Brown, Stubbs added: “He could be involved on Saturday.
“We need to make sure he is right and ready first before we throw him in. In terms of fitness, I do not think he will be a million miles away because he played in the (Uefa U19) championships in the summer.”