Florian Jozefzoon’s summer departure from Derby County seemed a move that made sense for all involved.
The Dutch winger’s career had stalled at Pride Park and he seemed unlikely to play much of a role under Phillip Cocu this term.
Jozefzoon featured just 14 times in Cocu’s debut campaign in charge but with Jordan Ibe and Kamil Jozwiak joining in the summer window, chances looked as though they would be very hard to come by.
So when he joined Rotherham United on a season-long loan deal the day before the deadline for domestic transfers it looked like a move that worked for both the player and the Rams, while the Millers took a chance on a winger that has proven his quality at Championship level in the past.
It’s early days but Jozefzoon seems to have the full faith of Rotherham manager Paul Warne already, which will do his confidence the world of good.
The 29-year-old has featured in all but one of the newly-promoted side’s Championship games since he joined and has started four of their last five.
He’s not yet managed to rediscover the form that saw him add seven goals and seven assists in a single season for Brentford in 2017/18 – a campaign that surely earned him the move to Derby – but there have been promising signs.
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Jozefzoon has already matched last season’s production in terms of goal contributions, assisting the Millers’ late winner against Preston North End on Saturday.
That moment will likely have left Warne feeling very vindicated for his backing of the winger as he picked up the ball in his own half and drove forward on a gut-busting run before teeing up Matt Crooks.
The Derby loanee has helped Rotherham put a five-point gap between themselves and the bottom three, where his parent club currently reside.
The Dutchman’s contract is set to expire this summer, so he’s likely played his last game for the Rams but there have been signs that the New York Stadium could be a good fit should he choose to make it his permanent home.