Chesterfield v Doncaster Rovers: New recruit ready to launch drive for top

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov
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DONCASTER ROVERS’ 11th place in League One is deceptive believes new signing Uche Ikpeazu.

It is the points gap between the top six which the powerhouse forward was drawn to ahead of this week’s switch to Rovers, with his task being to help provide the goals for a promotion drive.

It is not just the teenager who shares that confidence, but also parent club Watford, with Rovers’ prospects of going up at the heart of their decision to let Ikpeazu join them as opposed to an unnamed struggling Championship club.

If that brings pressure on the broad shoulders of Ikpeazu, who had been expected to remain on loan at League One strugglers Crewe ahead of the intensification of interest from elsewhere, that is something he is comfortable with.

Rovers fans should get their first glimpse of Ikpeazu today at the Proact Stadium, where the visitors will be roared on by a big following as they seek to put the squeeze on those teams in the final few play-off places.

Those include fifth-placed Spireites, whom Rovers – with a game in hand – can draw level with if they win this afternoon.

Ikpeazu, behind Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo, Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri in the pecking order at Vicarage Road, said: “The chance of promotion was one of the reasons I came here.

“Obviously they were in the Championship and got relegated last season but they’re only two points off the play-offs with a few games in hand and I believe now that I’m here I can help push for promotion.”

On what he can offer a Rovers line-up whose three central strikers have mustered just 13 league goals between them this season, he added: “I’m powerful and quite quick and I score goals. As a striker, you want to score goals.”