Leeds should move for Rotherham's Tom Thorpe on loan but leave Matt Derbyshire well alone

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Leeds United's new boss knows one Championship rival particularly well.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans may only just be getting used to his new players, but that does not mean he will not already be considering who to sign to strengthen his side.

One set of footballers he will know extremely well are those currently at his former club Rotherham United, and here we take a look at one Millers player he should make an emergency loan move for and another he should leave well alone.

Tom Thorpe

It came as a huge surprise when Tom Thorpe left Manchester United at the end of last season and subsequently signed for Rotherham.

Equally comfortable as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, Thorpe was the captain of United’s under-21 side and looked a shoo-in to get a chance in the first-team, only for Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett to leapfrog him in the pecking order under Louis van Gaal.

United’s loss was Rotherham’s gain but so far this season the 22-year-old has only made four appearances for the first-team, racking up 233 minutes on the pitch in the process.

His standout performance to date was against Reading earlier this month as he showed emphatically what he is capable of, but having not been seen in any of the preceding six matches it will be interesting to see if he has made the breakthrough or will be out of the starting line-up when everyone is fit and available.

If it is the latter, Leeds should consider a loan move for the versatile talent who can solve problems in both defence and in midfield…which is probably the exact reason Rotherham would say no.

Matt Derbyshire

With Evans set to play two up front from now on the pressure is on Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci to perform, but with Lee Erwin currently out on loan that leaves only Souleymane Doukara as the only real back-up.

However, the new Leeds boss should not consider a move for his former Rotherham front-man Matt Derbyshire.

The 29-year-old has only scored two goals in 14 appearances this season and he finished the last campaign with 10 strikes in 36 games, and whatever talent he possesses he is on the wane and is not what Leeds need right now.

It would be far more sensible to show faith in Erwin when he returns to Leeds after his loan spell and look at younger alternatives for the long term.

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