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Swindon Town loanee Jerry Yates has returned to Rotherham United after being recalled by his parent club as cover for the injured Kyle Vassell, it has been confirmed on the Millers club website.
Yates has scored 12 in 27 appearances during his time at the County Ground this despite the 23-year-old spending the majority of his loan spell out on the left wing.
So does it make sense that Rotherham have recalled Yates from Swindon?
“Yates has been in great form from Swindon this season in League Two so there is some justification there for bringing him back, however, I’m not convinced it was the right decision.
“Having loaned the 23-year-old out at the start of the season, he hit 12 goals in 25 appearances for Swindon, which has been his most prolific season to date already.
“Rotherham are in pole position to clinch promotion back to the Championship as they sit top and they will be thinking that Yates could help push them closer to their goal.
“However, I just think that recalling him will halt any development and momentum he has gathered at the County Ground, rather than help him hit the ground running, especially considering he won’t play as much at the Millers.”
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“The 23-year-old has been in impressive form for the League Two side this season but his recall makes sense in one of two scenarios.
“Either, Paul Warne feels that Yates can add something to his squad and plans to use him for their promotion push in the second half of the campaign.
“Or the club are looking to cash in on the striker and feel this is an ideal time to offload him somewhere permanently.
“In truth, if Yates plays any role, no matter how small, in helping Rotherham return to the Championship this season then it will have been the right decision.”
“This would have been a strange call had Rotherham already been well stocked in the striking department, but the fact they are now contending with injury concerns means it seems like a no-brainer to bring Yates back to the club.
“Yates has struggled to develop a goalscoring rhythm since breaking through the Rotherham academy ranks, but the fact he has now netted 12 times in 25 league appearances for Swindon this term means it could be a good time for the Millers to regain his services.
“There should be some sympathy for Yates given he had finally found a club where he was finding the net regularly, but he ultimately belongs to Rotherham and their needs should be placed above all else in this urgent instance.
“It would now appear Yates has an opportunity to push for a place in the Rotherham during the second half of the season, but there is also the possibility that the Millers will receive some attractive transfer offers for his services.”