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READ | We want to give Tariqe a platform to perform - Taylor

20 January 2023

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Boss Matt Taylor insists it is up to him and his Rotherham United charges to give loan acquisition Tariqe Fosu a platform to perform and allow him to rediscover the form that saw him help Brentford to Premier League promotion.

The Millers acted quickly to secure the 27-year-old’s signature after he was recalled by Brentford from his loan at Stoke City for the first half of the Sky Bet Championship season and Taylor is confident that he can create an environment in which the winger can flourish during his spell in South Yorkshire.

"I've said all along that we're trying to bring players of a certain quality into the football club and we feel that we've done that with another in Tariqe,” the Millers boss explained.

"His career hasn't stalled by any means, but has lost a little bit of rhythm. It's up to us to give him the opportunity to go out and play his best football and give him a platform to play in his most preferred position on the football pitch."

Matt Taylor

"I see him as an attacking player. I know that he's covered full back and wing back, but I see him as an attacking player. We have to be realistic about where we are at the moment and we need attacking players.”

The Millers manager has repeatedly spoken about wanting to add ‘Championship experience’ to his squad in the January window and with Sean Morrison already through the door this month, Fosu’s arrival further signals his and the club’s intent to ensure they remain contenders in the second tier this season and beyond.

"He's a player with certain qualities at the level,” Taylor continued.

"He can cover a number of positions and for whatever reason became available for a further loan. He obviously spent the first half of the season with Stoke, where I think he started 12 games and was on the pitch 16 times, so he's not been short of game time at Championship level.

"He can play off both sides - he can play off the left but he's right footed - and he can play centrally as well.

"He's a player that we feel fits the bill in terms of giving us an extra bit in our armoury in an attacking sense.”

Matt Taylor

Fosu arrives in the Rotherham United changing room where he will be greeted by a couple of familiar faces, which will hopefully mean that the settling in period is as minimal as possible.

With that in mind, Taylor will be hoping that his latest signing can hit the ground running as soon as he is available for action, although that may come after the weekend’s trip to Watford with the deadline being midday on Friday to finalise his registration.

"We were pleased in terms of his availability and how quickly he can come in and affect the squad,” he added.

"I've said this about a few players, but he's another we're excited about working with. I've spoken to him on a couple of occasions and he seems a good character. I think he knows a couple of players within our squad and he's spent time with Sean Morrison and Chieo [at Brentford], so there are a few familiar faces for him.”

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