Rotherham United have announced the signing of Bristol City attacker Hakeeb Adelakun on loan until the end of the season, subject to EFL and FA ratification.
Adelukan joined the Robins from Scunthorpe United back in the summer of 2018, but has so far found opportunities to come by for Lee Johnson’s side.
The 23-year-old has made just five appearances for the Championship club, all of which came last season, and will now get a chance to kick start his career once more with Rotherham, with the Millers beating off a number of other third-tier sides to secure his services.
It is thought that Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers were among those who had also been interested in a move for the attacker.
Speaking to Rotherham’s official website following confirmation of the deal, Adelakun was under no illusions as to the challenge he is facing, with the attacker quoted as saying: “In no way, shape or form do I think it was going to be easy. I know I have a massive point to prove to myself and to everyone else. I’m just here and ready to start doing that.
“It isn’t an easy league at all and for them to be second at the moment, you can tell that things are going right. It isn’t a massive change but I’m glad that I’ve been brought in to help improve the squad a little bit.
“My hope is to add to the team and that everything just goes hand-in-hand so that we all just push on together.”
Adelakun does have experience of League One already, having spent several seasons in the division earlier in his career while with Scunthorpe.
The attacker could now make his debut for the Millers on Saturday afternoon, when Paul Warne’s side travel to the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford United.
This looks to be a decent move for all parties.
Adelakun has been struggling for game time at Bristol City recently, so this could allow him to enjoy regular football once more, while also potentially proving a point to those who will be monitoring his progress at his parent club.
That determination to up his game in order to make that point could help Rotherham’s push for promotion if Adelakun is able to up his game in order to do that, while also filling the void left by fellow attacker Carlton Morris, who was recalled from his loan with the Millers by parent club MK Dons earlier this week.