Last season John Berlyson said a few things on how the season would pan out, that we would break the one million pound mark, that deals would be done early and all the money from the Steve Morison to Norwich City move, would go into the team for the upcoming season.
Lions fans were left massively disappointed with signings as £1million plus signings were dreams, and the reality was Dany N’Guessen and wage thief Jordan Stewart.
This left Jackett without a main striker as top scorer, Darius Henderson would usually pick up little knocks or niggling injuries, which left us with the dynamic duo of John Marquis and Dany N’Guessen. Plus the money from the Morison deal was mostly spent on trying to make sure the Lions came into profit for the last financial year.
But this season it seems that Berylson will be keeping true to his word. He said before the end of the season, where the Lions ended up comfortably mid table, that Millwall will try to get deals done early this summer.
This has already been proved with the signing of goalie Maik Taylor, the extension of the contract of Josh Wright and recently two deals in a week which saw the signings of Scott Malone and Chris Taylor. Early signings will only help with the team for the upcoming campaign plus the Lions will not have to have a signing frenzy on transfer deadline day like In 2010, ironically the three signings brought in on transfer deadline day, would not be considered as part of the starting 11.
Berlyson also said before the Lions second season in the championship, that money would be spent before the start of the season. This really didn’t happen as the majority of signings were free transfers. Whereas before the start of this season money was already spent, a £750k rumoured price tag was spent on Scott Malone by the Lions from AFC Bournemouth, a player who has been scouted many times by Jackett. Malone became Millwall’s Third signing from the Cherries in as many years, like having our own feeder club.
Berylson may not have been so willing to spend this time last year, ironically due to Kenny Jackett’s success. KJ got the Lions promoted and then flirted with the play-offs in concetutive seasons, on one of the smallest budgets in the division.
But then Berylson still gave Jackett a limited budget as Millwall came into the dreaded “second season syndrome” season. The Lions struggled until January, where money was given to spend, which help sign, now starters, Shane Lowry and Andy Keogh. Jackett may have been a miracle worker in League One, but maybe not so much in the Championship.
It seems now that Berylson understands how much needs to be spent to be competitive in the Championship and will now back the team with more transfer funds. Kenny has done wonders with a limited budget, but with the backing of the board behind him? Watch out top six, Millwall are coming.