The new season is around the corner for Rotherham and we have got our crystal ball out to make some outlandish predictions about what might occur in 2017-18.
Rotherham will finish in the top six
Even though chairman Tony Stewart has suggested this is the minimum expectation, reaching the play-offs will be a great achievement for the Millers. However, judging by pre-season performances and results, boss Paul Warne has moulded a tight-knit squad, high on team spirit and keen to atone for last season’s disappointment. With a good start and some early momentum Warne’s men could make the top six.
Semi Ajayi will be player of the year
Having made a promising first impression in difficult circumstances at the back end of last season, Semi Ajayi could be set for his breakthrough year. The centre-half looks the real deal in the Millers defence, with his aerial dominance, his lightning quick pace and his ability on the ball. He could flourish in League One and, unless something untoward happens, he is likely to be a standout performer for Rotherham.
Rotherham will take at least four points off Bradford
Rotherham have held the indian sign over Bradford over much of the last decade and get the chance to continue that dominance after a three-year break. The Millers were particularly dominant against the Bantams during Steve Evans’ reign and we’re backing that run to continue this season.
Rotherham will break their transfer record before the end of August
Warne seems to have compiled a decent squad but there is still time to add to it. The boss has said he would like a couple more bodies through the door and has until the end of August to do it. He wants a defender who can play in a central and right position and a midfielder, while he would also be keen if a striker came up at the right price. With a pot of cash burning a hole in his pocket, Warne could spend big to put the finishing touches to his squad.
Josh Emmanuel will be recalled by Ipswich in January
Not so good news this one. But given the fight Rotherham had to get the Ipswich loanee to the club and his impressive showing in pre-season, the Championship club, who have endured a fraught preparation for their new campaign, might well want to take the right-back back to Portman Road in January.
Rotherham will get to the FA Cup fourth round
A real left-field prediction this one, given there is no logical reasoning behind it other than the law of averages. The Millers have had a dreadful run in the FA Cup and have not won more than two games in a season since 1992-93. They last reached the fourth round in 2002 when they came in at the third-round stage. That drought has to end at some point, so why not this year?
Jonson Clarke-Harris won’t be at the club at the end of the season
The Millers striker has impressed Warne with his attitude after receiving an ulimatum when receiving a new contract at the end of last season, but he still finds himself down the pecking order. With Jamie Proctor, David Ball, Kieffer Moore and potentially a new arrival ahead of him, the former club-record buy might have to leave in order to get the action he needs.