Kieffer Moore’s three-match ban following his red card at Bristol Rovers on Saturday leaves Rotherham boss Paul Warne with a hole to fill in attack.
The Millers are not blessed with attacking reinforcements and have relied heavily on Moore following the season-ending injury to Jamie Proctor in August.
Here’s a look at the options Warne might consider for the visit to Blackpool.
Jonson Clarke-Harris and David Ball
Warne may use Jonson Clarke-Harris in a like-for-like role, filling Moore’s shoes in the number 9 role. David Ball appears best suited to a number 10 position, playing in the space behind the big man, and Warne may want to keep him in that position. Clarke-Harris has the attributes most similar to Moore but has not proved overly effective in that role in the past.
Jerry Yates and David Ball
Warne has not been too hot on selecting Clarke-Harris this season so might prefer Jerry Yates to replace Moore in the same system. The youngster played that role at times in the Championship, though does not have the physical presence of either Moore or Clarke-Harris.
Jonson Clarke-Harris and Jerry Yates
The Millers boss could decide on a change of shape and play two in attack. With Ball’s reluctance to play in a front two, that might see Warne plump for Clarke-Harris and Jerry Yates. The duo have experience of playing together – with varying success – most recently in the Checkatrade Trophy win at Bradford where they both scored.
Jonson Clarke-Harris or Jerry Yates and drop David Ball
Another option is to employ either Clarke-Harris or Yates in the lone striker position and drop Ball, adopting a 4-1-4-1 formation that worked well for the Millers in the early part of the season. Darren Potter, if fit, or Will Vaulks could be deployed in a shielding role, with Richie Towell coming back to the midfield alongside Lee Frecklington to bomb forward in support of the striker.