On Saturday morning, ahead of the day's fixtures, Tom Eaves finalized his loan deal with Rotherham United. The young striker moved to the Millers for three months in order to play some competitive football and hopefully return to Bolton Wanderers better for it by building on the time he spent at Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers last season.
Speaking to Rotherham's official website, Eaves said:
"I'm delighted to be here. I've enjoyed it [training] and it's nice to get a bit of sharpness back ahead of the weekend so I'm now just looking forward to hopefully getting some game time against Walsall. It's imperative that you're playing first team football so I've now just got to give it my utmost."
Eaves' move was completed just hours before the aforementioned Walsall clash but the player had trained with his new team on Thursday and Friday in expectations that the signing would go off without a hitch.
Tom Eaves would make his debut in the Walsall match. The striker entered on 72 minutes for Kieran Agard, who had helped set up the Millers' lone goal in a 1-1 draw. Eaves nearly set up a game-winning goal in the dying stages of the game after flicking on a long throw to Daniel Nardiello, who had scored Rotherham's goal on 21 minutes for his fifth in four games. Nardiello got on the end of Eaves' flick and attempted to head home his second but Walsall's goalkeeper saved well to keep the scores level.
Rotherham United sit in fifth place in the League One table, unbeaten in eight matches with 16 points to their name.