Rotherham United boss Steve Evans explains what attracted him to Leeds United’s Scott Wootton

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans is full of praise for Scott Wootton after signing the defender on loan from Leeds United.

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has been singing the praises of Scott Wootton.

The Millers have signed the defender on loan from fellow Championship outfit Leeds United.

The 23-year-old joined Leeds from Manchester United in the summer of 2013 and was a key player of the team last season, but he has struggled for playing time this campaign.

That has not deterred Evans from signing the defender who he seems to rate very highly.

“We recently visited Leeds United for a closed door match, the two clubs were very strong on the day and it was obvious to everyone that this young man was outstanding," he told Rotherham’s official website.

“The lad has a great pedigree, of course starting at Manchester United before he joined the great Leeds United for a deal in excess of £1million...

"He is an accomplished central defender and equally as strong as a right full-back. He has great strength aerially and is a very welcome addition to what is a talented squad of players.

“I have also taken further references from some of the coaching staff at Old Trafford and the previous managers at Elland Road and all of them bar exception said I should sign the player.

“For a final reference I spoke with Paul Green who also endorses not only the ability but equally if not more important the attitude of the young man.”

It seems that it was a well-assessed and careful move from Rotherham, who are now likely to use Wootton as a key member of the team.

It is also a good move for Wootton, who will get more playing time at the Millers than he would have received under Neil Redfearn at Leeds.

The Englishman was far behind in the pecking order at Elland Road, and one suspects that he will be determined to regain his old form and prove his quality all over again.

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