Match-winner Jonson Clarke-Harris could emerge as a major talent at Rotherham, according to manager Steve Evans following Friday’s 2-1 victory over Leeds United.
Clarke-Harris, 20, a club record £400,000 transfer deadline day signing from Oldham, smashed a swerving 25-yard shot beyond Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the 65th minute, just two minutes after replacing Matt Derbyshire to clinch Rotherham a second win in eight league matches.
Millers striker Alex Revell had cancelled out Mirco Antenucci’s deserved opener for Leeds, but it was left to Clarke-Harris to steal the plaudits.
“People should remember his name, we think he is a special talent,” said Evans.
“We beat some big clubs in the Championship to get his services. He has got all the attributes in terms of physicality. He needs to be instilled with confidence every day and I will be the manager that gives him that. He is very talented, he is strong, but at times he has a schoolboy approach with his runs. We really think he could be a real find and talent, but we need to work with him.”
Evans added: “It was a hard-earned victory against a football club I have got enormous respect for. We were disappointed to be behind at half-time. We made the change and second half we played more like we can play.”