Preferred Rotherham XI to face Aston Villa

George Sanders explains his preferred starting eleven for Rotherham United who face Aston Villa this Saturday.

Here I select my preferred Rotherham United side which I believe would be best suited to face Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday at Villa Park. I feel a 4-4-2 formation would be appropriate.

o   Lee Camp (Goalkeeper) – The Derby-born shot stopper is a crucial player for Rotherham and will need to be at his best against the Villans.

o   Darnell Fisher (Right Back) – I feel that the 22 year old, recently signed from Celtic, should make his debut and replace Stephen Kelly who is normally the Millers’ first choice RB. Kelly was fairly disappointing against Wolves and made some defensive errors hence my choice to replace him.

o   Richard Wood (Centre Back) – A solid defender and sensible choice, especially taking into consideration the other possible CB option Greg Halford. Halford had a very poor performance against Morecambe in the EFL Cup where he showed a seemingly poor attitude despite scoring a penalty.

o   Kirk Broadfoot (Centre Back) – The Scotsman is the heart of the defence, his superb strength and ball control is a key asset to Rotherham. He will need to be at his best to deal with the likes of Jordan Ayew.

o   Joe Mattock (Left Back) – The only natural left back in the Rotherham side. A player who is competent when defending and attacking.

o   Jon Taylor (Left Midfielder) – His keenness and ability to take players on will surely see him keep his first team spot after a fantastic debut against Wolves. He was also one of the few players who performed well in Rotherham’s 5-4 defeat to Morecambe.

o   Lee Frecklington (Central Midfielder©) – *should he be deemed fit* The captain who leads by example. Confident when attacking and defending.

o   Will Vaulks (Central Midfielder) – The new signing from Falkirk demonstrated what he has in his locker when he scored a fantastic long shot against Wolves.

o   Anthony Forde (Right Midfielder) – Another new signing who has performed well in his first two Rotherham appearances.

o   Danny Ward (Striker) – Rotherham’s key first team striker. He also scored against Wolves.

o   Jerry Yates (Striker) – I feel the 19 year old should make his full first-team, Championship debut. He has showed a keen ability to score goals and confidence when making runs. He netted once in a friendly against Sunderland and twice against Morecambe. With many tipping Rotherham to concede defeat in this fixture it may lessen the pressure on the young striker and I feel it is a sensible option worth exploring.

How do you think Rotherham will fair against Villa? Leave a comment with your thoughts!



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