Doncaster Rovers: ‘Macheda’s best yet to come’

Frederico Macheda celebrates two goals on his Rovers home debut
Frederico Macheda celebrates two goals on his Rovers home debut

The best is yet to come from Federico Macheda, according to Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov.

Macheda made an immediate impact on his full Doncaster debut, doubling his goal tally for the last three years with a brace in Saturday’s entertaining 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

It was the first time in the 22-year-old’s career he has scored twice in a game.

And Dickov says the Manchester United marksman will get even better with more game time under his belt.

“He’s going to be a top player,” said Dickov.

“We knew that he might be a little short because he’s not had many games recently, and that after 65 to 70 minutes we’d have to take him off.

“Like the other new lads that have come into the squad, it’ll probably take three or four games to see the best of him. Kiko wants to play football,” he added.

“He knows a couple of the boys here already and he spoke to them about how we’re trying to play, our philosophy, and the chances we’ve been creating.

“Credit to him because there were a couple of so-called bigger clubs in for him and he wanted to come here.

“He’s been really unlucky over the last few seasons.

“Twice he’s gone out on loan and the manager’s been sacked after one game. I’m just glad I’ve made it to two!

“Seriously, the kid’s a talent. I think we’ve seen it in glimpses this weekend.”

Dickov was in good spirits after watching another encouraging performance from his team, against a Forest side certain to figure in the promotion shake-up.

Billy Davies’ men had to rely on two stunning strikes from Chris Cohen and Andy Reid to twice come from behind and salvage a point.

“It was a fantastic game of football between two teams who really wanted to win the game,” said Dickov.

“We’re a little disappointed not to win, being 2-1 up with ten minutes to go, but you’ve got to say the quality of their two goals was fantastic.”