Aitor Karanka is keen for Ryan Yates to seal a loan move away from the City Ground before the window closes on Friday.
The manager believes it will be very hard for the 20-year-old to break into the team if he stays at the club with Adlene Guedioura, Liam Bridcutt, Jack Colback and Ben Watson all ahead of him in the pecking order. He was quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying:
“It might be Rotherham. We need to find the right place to send him on loan, because if he is not going to play, it is not good for anyone. I hope that Rotherham can be the right place for him.”
“It would be a good move for him. I told him that the first step for him last season was Notts County, the next step was Scunthorpe and the one after that – the perfect one – could be a team like Rotherham in the Championship.”
As Karanka says, a move to Rotherham would be a significant step up for him, although it does seem that the Spaniard is the one most determined to push the loan through.
Yates’ two previous loan spells last season at Notts County and Scunthorpe United were pretty successful. At our city rivals, he commanded a first-team place throughout the first half of last season, and when he made the step up from League Two to League One with the Iron’s, he was again a first-team regular. A move to another Championship side is, therefore, a logical progression.