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Sunderland back in action tonight - will any of these THREE Rotherham players cause us problems?

Rotherham are one of the favourites for promotion this season, and tonight’s game at the Stadium of Light is sure to be a tough one. Will any of these THREE players give Sunderland headaches this evening?

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Jake Hastie

19/20 Goals/Games: 3/2

Allegedly targeted by Jack Ross in the summer, the on-loan midfielder signed for the Millers on deadline day and has hit the ground running, scoring the opening goal on his debut against Doncaster Rovers and scoring another in their 6-1 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Signed by Scottish giant Rangers in pre-season, Hastie was chased by various League One sides, with the Wishaw-born winger eager to play regular first team football to continue his development following an impressive few years at Motherwell.

A Scotland under-21 international, he has all the attributes that Sunderland’s side seem to struggle with. He’s pacey, tall, athletic and strong and is likely to come up against Denver Hume this Tuesday night, who’ll have to perform to his best to keep the Scot quiet.


Matthew Olosunde

19/20 Goals/Games: 6/0

Another new face at the New York Stadium is exciting full-back Matthew Olosunde, who has played every minute of Rotherham’s season so far.

Released by Premier League giants Manchester United in the summer, the defender is a full American international, and also appeared for the Red Devils at under 23 level last term.

Described by former coach Nicky Butt as “a really good athlete”, Olosunde has blistering pace, loves to bomb up and down the wing and is similar in style to his former teammate Antonio Valencia. He’s also tall for a full back at 6ft1.

The right back will support the aforementioned Jake Hastie for the Millers to complete a pacey and powerful right-hand side.


Ben Wiles

19/20 Goals/Games: 6/2

A product of Rotherham’s Academy, midfielder Ben Wiles has developed into a first-team regular over the last few years and has started the 2019/20 season in good form.

Still only twenty years of age, he was man of the match for Paul Warne’s side against Tranmere Rovers last month and has been underlining his potential in South Yorkshire over the last year, showing his confidence with the ball at his feet and maturity beyond his years.

“You have to make the right decisions and I thought Ben made most of them. We are really pleased with him” said his manager Paul Warne of his performance against Premier League champions Manchester City last season, and his progression appears to have continued as he continues to forage away into the Millers side.