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RUFC - Alfie - should he stay or should he go?

Rotherham United striker, Adam Le Fondre has been linked with most any club in League One to the Championship and even Celtic over the last few weeks, yet he`s still here with the Millers and, already this season, has three goals to his name. And, I`m as certain as can be that he will still be with us to face Barnet on Saturday.

But, whether he will be with us when we face Gillingham for the last match of the month is another proposition altogether.

With the transfer deadline creeping ever closer the rumours have started up again about our number one striker and I`m given to understand that there could be five clubs in the bidding for him which will probably escalate over the weekend.

We know, because we`ve been told over and over again, that the club will not be accepting peanuts for the twenty-four year old so I really am expecting the bids to be around 500,000+ - after all, we`ve put a lot of time and effort into this lads career since he joined, albeit with a goal scoring reputation, from Rochdale just over two years ago - and, since the start of this season, he`s looked twice the player he was last season already.

You can`t blame the lad for wanting to better himself - who doesn`t? He`s got a family and a future to think of and I think all Millers fans want to see him make the best of himself. But, is that necessarily away from Rotherham?

In the past, I think, Alfie has said he doesn`t want to move away from his roots but what if, say two Championship sides came in for him who were situated South of the Watford gap? One maybe destined to push for a promotion place, where he might well be just a squad player or one that, at the moment is languishing towards the bottom of the table where he might get games or at least start on the bench?

Or what if two Championship sides came in for him which are further North or the Midlands in the same positions - one pushing to go up and one hoping to save themselves from relegation.

And another scenario is a League One club coming in for him - maybe one with the same travelling distance that he`s doing now.

Let`s be honest, he probably won`t have a lot of say in any of it with clubs and agents involved but I`m wondering, if you was in the same position, what would you do? Would you be happy to see him go if it was to a Championship club? And how would you feel if he just stepped up one league with a local side?

Or, would you stop at Rotherham and see if you could become a 'cult` hero amongst the Millers fans and help steer them to the League Two title and into League One?

If I`d got just one thing to say to Alfie, I`d say, 'Stop with us and see it through to the end of the season because I really do believe we`ve got a good team and a Manager who can steer us into League One, and maybe further.'




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Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 18 2011

Time: 12:20PM

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I would hope for more than 50k ;-) Before the season I would of taken 350k as a fair sum considering the 20% clause Rochdale have but after seeing him this season, I think we should hold out for 500k and if no one is able or wants to meet that price then we should be happy to have him here this season. Tony Stewart isn't desperate to sell and we appear to have got a decent six figure sum for Ryan Taylor in the summer. The incentive is there for him to do well for us this season. His next contract (wherever that'll be) should be the big reward if he stays in form.
chrisrufc2
I would hope for more than 50k ;-) Before the season I would of taken 350k as a fair sum considering the 20% clause Rochdale have but after seeing him this season, I think we should hold out for 500k and if no one is able or wants to meet that price then we should be happy to have him here this season. Tony Stewart isn't desperate to sell and we appear to have got a decent six figure sum for Ryan Taylor in the summer. The incentive is there for him to do well for us this season. His next contract (wherever that'll be) should be the big reward if he stays in form.
chrisrufc2
treble his wages and give him a big resigning on fee, and let him fire our way back to the championship, and hopfully better, i dont think anyone would moan about it
mvmiller
treble his wages and give him a big resigning on fee, and let him fire our way back to the championship, and hopfully better, i dont think anyone would moan about it
mvmiller
I'd love to keep him until at least the end of the season - hope we can persuade him to stop with us
Millie Miller
I'd love to keep him until at least the end of the season - hope we can persuade him to stop with us
Millie Miller
 

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