Rotherham United find themselves with just one victory this season and are at the foot of the Championship with a mere 7 points. They already appear condemned to be relegated in many people’s eyes. Relegation surely would not just mean the loss of Championship status for the Millers.
New Rotherham manager Kenny Jackett has inherited a team that leaks goals on a regular basis. However it isn’t a team who find too many difficulties to score majorly. One such player who epitomises this is former Huddersfield Town striker Danny Ward. The 25 year-old who is one of the top scorers overall in the Championship with 8 goals so far, quite surprising for a team in the relegation zone.
He is key, not just for Rotherham’s Championship survival, but also would prove to be crucial for a successful campaign in League One should they face the drop. His work-rate and keen eye for goal has gained him many admirers this season. Such exploits could justify a move to another club should the Millers fail to preserve their Championship status or in the least improve on their current predicament.
If the Millers were to lose him this season it would obviously harm their already current bleak chances of staying up in a side where their other strikers have somewhat struggled to find their feet.
Another player who Rotherham cannot afford to lose is goalkeeper Lee Camp. Despite conceding a pretty staggering 41 goals so far this season, that number would have been significantly more without the efforts of Camp. The nervy defence in front of him that has been weakened with injuries through the whole of the season has meant Camp has been forced to come up with some fantastic last-gasp saves.
Most recently the Derby-born stopper saved two of Tom Ince’s penalties in their 3-0 loss away at Derby County yesterday and appears to be playing a role of similar importance to last season as he helped Rotherham stay up finding sparkling form.
Players can of course be replaced but I do not believe there are any available replacements out there in a price range that Rotherham would least be comfortable paying.
Of course there are many other consequences of dropping a division in addition to losing top players, but the likes of Ward and Camp are clearly key components of the Rotherham squad.
We all know what happens when things lose their key components…