Rotherham are hoping that Lukas Jutkiewiz – another one of their missed summer transfer targets -doesn’t come back to haunt them at Birmingham on Tuesday.
The Millers were interested in signing striker Jutkiewicz from Burnley – a player boss Alan Stubbs knows from his Everton days – but his wage demands made a deal impossible.
The 27-year-old, who was thought to be on around £20,000 a week at the Clarets, subsequently joined Blues on loan where he has scored three goals in seven appearances.
The Millers have already had a taste of what they were missing out on with a summer target after Tom Bradshaw scored in Barnsley’s 4-0 win in August and Stubbs is wary of the same thing happening in the Second City.
Stubbs told Millers Time: “There was an interest, obviously financially it was difficult for us.
“I know him really well, he is a great lad, he is a handful so we are going to be tested.
“He is someone we really need to take a close look at. He has gone to Birmingham and fitted in really well.
“He is a good addition, no doubt about that. He is proven at this level, but hopefully we can keep him quiet tomorrow.”
Stubbs will pick from the same squad that was beaten at Norwich on Saturday as they became the first Rotherham side to lose their first six away games in a season since 1921.
Dominic Ball took a knock to the foot but should be fit, though Tom Adeyemi, Aimen Belaid and Kirk Broadfoot will not feature.