Signing number three ... Rotherham United loan deal for Tariq Fosu

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New boy Tariq Fosu
ROTHERHAM United boss Matt Taylor today landed one of the wide men he has been chasing in the January transfer window as Tariqe Fosu joined the Millers until the end of the season.

The £750,000 Brentford winger had been on loan with Stoke City and enjoyed plenty of game-time with the Potters but has now made a temporary move to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

His capture is a coup for Rotherham as the 27-year-old is a proven top-end Championship performer.

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Taylor wants extra choices on the flanks in his squad and Fosu, who began his career with Reading and has also played for Charlton Athletic and Oxford United, fits the bill perfectly.

"He gives us an extra bit in our armoury in an attacking sense," said the manager who takes his 19th-placed second-tier side to Watford on Saturday.

"He can play off both sides. He can play off the left but he's right-footed. We're excited about working with him. I've spoken to him on a couple of occasions and he seems a good character."

Wandsworth-born Fosu, a Ghana international, played a big part in Brentford's rise to the Premier League, making 51 appearances in their 2020/21 promotion campaign, but was used only once in the top flight last term.

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He started 13 times for Stoke in the league this season and had seven outings off the bench but had been an used substitute in their last three matches.

"We're trying to bring in players of a certain quality and we feel we've done that with Tariqe," Taylor said.

"His career hasn't stalled by any means but maybe he's lost a little bit of rhythm. All we can do is give him the opportunity to go out and play his best football.

"He is an attacking player. We were pleased with his availability and how quickly he could come in and affect the squad."

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Fosu - the third signing of the month, following defenders Sean Morrison and Leo Hjelde through the door - could make his Millers debut in the Hornets clash this weekend.

Taylor is an admirer of the new arrival's versatility but intends to play him primarily in his favoured role out wide.

The player was sometimes used as a full-back or wing-back by Stoke and operated on occasions in the middle of the park for Brentford.

"His preferred position is high up on the outside of the pitch in a front three or in banks of four," the boss said.

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"He has flexibility in that he's also able to play centrally. His game looks the same wherever he plays: he's a shifter, he's a mover, he can beat opposition players and he's a creator.

"With the way our team is at the moment due to Ben Wiles being out injured we are in need of creation alongside the honesty we have already got."

Fosu cost Brentford £750,000 when they activated his buy-out clause to take him from Oxford in January 2020.

Taylor, keen to give himself the option of switching from Rotherham's wing-back-based 3-5-2 system to other formations, has spoken for weeks about the need to bring in wide attackers in this transfer window.

A change in shape paid dividends last Saturday when the Millers, in a 4-3-3 line-up, destroyed Blackburn Rovers 4-0.