Paul Warne's plan for Rotherham United duo Josh Kayode and Curtis Tilt in January

Paul Warne's plan for Rotherham United duo Josh Kayode and Curtis Tilt in January

By Paul Davis | 30/12/2020

Paul Warne's plan for Rotherham United duo Josh Kayode and Curtis Tilt in January
Josh Kayode


ROTHERHAM United hot prospect Josh Kayode is poised to be a wanted man in the January transfer window.

The young striker has performed so well on loan at League Two promotion-chasers Carlisle United that other sides are now keen on his services.

The Championship Millers are in talks with their player about whether to leave him at Brunton Park or allow him to join another team for the rest of the season after the window has opened on Saturday.

Kayode, aged 20, is highly rated at Rotherham but boss Paul Warne would prefer for the Republic of Ireland under-21 international to build up his senior experience and is unlikely to bring him back to AESSEAL New York Stadium where he wouldn’t be guaranteed a taste of second-tier action.

“I think the loan has worked brilliantly for Josh,” the manager said. “There are other clubs who want to take him.

“We’ve had a preliminary chat with him. We need to get Christmas out of the way and then we’ll chat again.

“I don’t think that in this window we will be bringing him back to our squad to play.”

Kayode has been playing as a centre-forward or on the wing for the Cumbrians. He has been a regular selection in the League Two Team of the Week and the Republic have been so impressed that they gave him his first U21 start in November.

The Millers must decide between the youngster staying at Carlisle, where he is a key part of the side and starting every game, or him possibly moving to a League One outfit.


ROTHERHAM United are planning to recall Curtis Tilt from his loan spell before deciding whether to keep the centre-half for their Championship survival push.

The 29-year-old has been with League One Wigan Athletic since October to build up his fitness following hip surgery.

The Millers have a clause in the deal that allows them to bring him back to AESSEAL New York Stadium in the January transfer window.

Curtis Tilt

“I think we will get him here and have a look at him in training,” manager Paul Warne said. “If we think he can add to the team, great. If we don’t think he can, he’ll be encouraged to go out on loan again.”

Tilt was a £100,000 signing from Blackpool a year ago but has played only an hour of football for Rotherham because of his hip issue.

This season, despite missing three weeks in November because of a back complaint, he has been a regular for the Latics.

Before yesterday’s clash at Burton Albion, he had made 12 appearances and was in the team that drew 1-1 at home to Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day.

“If we think Curtis can come back and aid our squad then we’ll definitely do it,” Warne said. “At the moment, I’m not definitive on what we’re doing.”

The Millers should have centre-back Clark Robertson available for first-team selection after a foot fracture by the end of next month.

If everything continues to go well with his recovery, the Scot, aged 27, is due to return to full training after the Everton FA Cup tie on January 9.

Warne wants some of his fringe men to depart during the window to make room for new arrivals.

The lower-league salary cap makes moves to divisions One and Two unattractive to Millers players but the boss will encourage them to accept offers that give them game-time and a degree of security in a period of coronavirus uncertainty.

“My advice to them would be that if they can get a permanent deal to go past this summer then they should take it,” he said. “They don’t know what the football landscape will look like in the summer.

“In the same way, if we could sign a player on loan and he was in the last year of his contract maybe we could get him on a one-and-a-half-year permanent deal.”

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