Could Chris Wood Be The First Million Pound Man At Millwall?
A week ago the Lions were looking over their shoulder nervously, but after four points in a week, can the Lions finally start to look further up the table?
Despite going 3-0 up after 20 minutes against Birmingham, a hat-trick from Marlon King secured a point for the away team, so a win on Saturday against newly promoted Huddersfield Town was needed to bring back some confidence.
Sometimes when you play a newly promoted team they can just roll over, be intimidates by the atmosphere and that is exactly what the Terriers did. And of course there are two certainties in life. Death, and Jermaine Beckford having a nightmare against Millwall.
The game was relatively quiet for the first 25 minutes as both sides conceded three in midweek and obviously couldn’t afford to again, but the first clear cut chance led to the first goal of the game as Darius Henderson turned his marker well and slid in a low ball for loanee Chris Wood to fire in from close range.
Almost immediately Town squandered their best chance of the game after Beckford passed the ball into the experienced Keith Southern, but under pressure from Liam Trotter tracking back, he put it high and wide.
The start of the second half saw the Terriers miss a great chance to level it up. After a bundle in the penalty area, Jermaine Beckford was set to fire home but in came Jimmy Abdou with a last ditch tackle.
On the hour mark the Lions killed the game off, as James Henry brought the ball forward on the counter and slotted in Chris Wood to chip the ‘keeper and ease the nerves. After this the floodgates pretty much opened as the Lions helped themselves to two more, first from James Henry driving in from just inside the area.
Then a moment of pure brilliance from Liam Trotter; fooling two defenders and curling into the far corner from 20 yards. There was even time for Jack Hunt to be sent off for Town, for foul and abusive language towards the referee.
Now I know I’ve slated Trotter in the past for not scoring enough and being lazy, but that is five goals this season for the midfielder and 4-0 it finished.
This game also saw two great performances from Loanees Chris Wood and Mark Beevers. Wood has scored 5 in 8 and Beevers hasn’t lost while playing in a Millwall shirt.
Beevers’ loan runs out this weekend after the away game at Forest but KJ has already spoken about extending this, lets hope it happens. But the Chris Wood signing is slightly different.
Wood has already stated a desire to leave West Brom as his contract runs out at the end of season. The New Zealand international also claimed that as-long as he’s in the team scoring goals he’d stay, and he’s said this in a few interviews since joining by saying “Definitely, It’s something I want to do, I’m enjoying my football and creating chances as well as scoring goals”.
But this leaves the club with two options, wait till January and then offer him a contract for next season, but risk other clubs swooping in, or pay up and get him permanently straight away.
The Lions have yet to spend £1million on a player, but I believe Wood is worth it, a great Championship goalscorer at clubs on loan, with potential. A strike force of Wood, Henderson and Keogh; not too bad for a small club compared to some in the Championship.
Lions Fans, if it came down to it, would you pay £1million for Wood?