Although Neil Redfearn hasn’t long been in the Rotherham United hot seat, it hasn’t taken him long to spot the ability of Derby County loanee Farrend Rawson.
The former Leeds United manager was asked by Rotherham’s official website to give his opinion on the Derby defender, and he couldn’t help but show his delight at the youngster’s progress.
“Yeah, Farrend is an outstanding young talent and he’s only going to get better,’’ Redfearn told rufc.co.uk.
“He’s a beautiful build for a centre-half, he’s mobile and he can deal with the ball.
“I thought both him and Danny Collins were excellent the other [Tuesday] night and looked the part. As I said, apart from the mistake they might have been looking at a clean sheet, which would have been some achievement at Middlesbrough.”
How key is Rawson for Rotherham’s survival chances?
With Rawson ineligible to play, the Millers travelled to Derby’s iPro Stadium last Saturday and were comfortably beaten 3-0, largely due to the gulf in class between Rotherham’s backline and Derby’s attack.
Against Middlesbrough, another promotion favourite, with Rawson back in the side, Rotherham looked a far more accomplished team and could have come away with a point if they had a bit more luck.
The presence of Rawson, which looks to be the biggest factor between the two differing performances, shows he will be an important part of Rotherham’s fight to stay in the Championship this season.
He looks likely to eventually move on to bigger and better things in the future, as predicted by Redfearn, but this season could go a long way in developing him for a very successful future.