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The 2 biggest decisions facing Paul Warne at Rotherham United this summer



Rotherham United still don’t know which division they’ll be playing in next season, though they may find out after today’s results.

Paul Warne’s side are in the relegation zone at the moment and four points back from safety, though they do have a game in hand over Derby County in 21st.

Should results go against them today, however, they could be condemned to relegation

No matter which division the Millers are playing in, it still looks as though it could be a busy summer for Warne.

With that in mind, we’ve outlined the two biggest decisions facing him this summer…

Whether to cash in on Michael Smith

Michael Smith is Rotherham’s top scorer this season, having fired in 10 goals in his second season in the Championship.

The 29-year-old has been a key figure for the Millers since joining from Bury three and a half seasons ago – twice helping them secure promotion from League One and missing just three games in their two seasons in the Championship.

Smith is set to enter the final year of his current contract, however, meaning Rotherham could lose him for nothing next summer if he doesn’t agree new terms.

That’s an outcome they’ll want to avoid, so if they can’t tie him down beyond the end of 2021/22, the Millers may have to consider cashing in on him in the upcoming window.

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What to do about Matt Crooks 

Warne faces a similar decision over midfielder Matt Crooks, who has been linked with a move away in previous windows.

The 27-year-old was instrumental to their promotion push last season, not just with the control he gave them in midfield but also with his contributions in the final third (11 goals, four assists).

He’s followed that up with a pretty impressive season in the Championship and with just a year left on his current deal, it would be a surprise if there aren’t multiple second-tier clubs circling him this summer – particularly if Rotherham go down.

Nottingham Forest have been linked in the past and he could just fit the bill if they’re looking to find a replacement for James Garner.

Losing Crooks ahead of the 2021/22 campaign would be a massive blow but so would seeing him leave on a free transfer next summer.

It’s a huge decision for Warne, that’s for sure.

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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