New recruit Andreu believes Rotherham are ‘too good’ to go down

Rotherham boss Steve Evans is a "passionate man" says new recruit Tony Andreu.
Rotherham boss Steve Evans is a "passionate man" says new recruit Tony Andreu.
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French midfielder Tony Andreu believes Rotherham United have the players to escape the Championship relegation zone.

The 27-year-old – at the Millers on a four-month loan from Norwich City – has been impressed by his new team-mates since moving to Yorkshire.

He made his debut in the 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic on Saturday and was an unused substitute in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton.

“The club don’t deserve to be in their current league position,” claims Andreu.

“There are a lot of good players, they want to play football, and I hope I can contribute to this.”

The Millers have collected just two points from their opening seven games and sit stranded at the bottom of the Championship, ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Cardiff City.

Millers manager Steve Evans has been repeatedly linked with a move to Peterborough United over the last fortnight, but Andreu is a big fan of his new chief.

“Steve Evans is a passionate coach, and I think I like that,” he said.

“He doesn’t hide anything and just tells you what is in his mind. I think that’s a good thing when you are a player, to know his thoughts. It’s really nice in Rotherham. Everyone has been really welcoming.

“For me to get game-time it was important to come out on loan.

“I had Steve Evans on the phone, saying he would like me to come, and I said ‘yes I would love to’.

“I know Rotherham have risen quite quickly (from League Two to the Championship) and it’s a good club, even though the results haven’t been as expected for now.

“But, for me, it was a good move and I just want to give my all for the team. I play mostly in centre midfield. I like to hit the box and try to score and, of course, try to create assists.”

Andreu arrived from Norwich alongside fellow Canaries midfielder Vadis Odjidja, 26, although the latter is only on a month’s loan.

The Frenchman was keen to stay at the New York Stadium for longer, and his deal does not expire until January.

“That was an important thing I was looking for, so I could settle with a team,” said Andreu.

“I was happy with the loan, when they said it was for four months. That’s good for me. After that, you never know what will happen.”