At the time of writing we are on the verge of signing Chris Taylor from Oldham a right footed, left sided midfielder, who Jackett has been tracking since 2008.
The left side of midfield you could argue is the only midfield area which needs improving. On the right hand side of midfield we have two outstanding players, James Henry and Liam Feeney who also are different type players themselves, giving us options.
Henry is a skilful player with plenty of tricks, and a good dead ball specialist. Feeney on the other hand, possesses great pace. Both have their faults, Henry’s is his work rate, even though he has improved greatly since he first joined us. Feeney needs to improve his final ball.
Our centre midfield however is where we are at our strongest, where we have most to choose from. Options at present are Trotter, Mkandawire, Abdou, Wright and Racon. With Abdou and Mkandawire the last two Player of the Year winners, and both very similar players it will be very interesting what Jackett does?
Racon has been out for a long time, in fact, there are still concerns about him been available at the start of the season, which is a shame as I thought he was man of the match against Charlton in last season friendly. Trotter I believe is Jackett’s main man and wants to build the team around him. This leaves Wright who has been very good since his arrival, played lots of games, scored a great goal, and is a good passer of the ball.
With all these players and especially with Wright as an option, does this mean Millwall will need to change their style? Instead of our rigid 442 system, which most Millwall and in fact most football fans prefer, is it time for change? Is Jackett intending to play three in the centre? Who would that three be? One scenario could be Mkandawire, Abdou and Trotter, especially away from home. Whatever Jackett decides he will have plenty of options to pick from.
I for one would take each opposition on its own merit, the system away from home has been working if last season is anything to go by. It is however at home where improvements need to be made. At home I feel a 4 4 2 system would be better due to bringing our crowd into play. We need to attack more at home and that would benefit the players and supporters alike. Whatever Jackett decides it is clear to all, Liam Trotter is the cornerstone of Jackett’s thoughts if it is a 4 4 2 system or any other.
There have been a lot of rumour recently in the press that Fulham andSunderlandare keen on Trotter. As I understand it, this is not the case, Fulham did have a scout watching Trotter last season, but I don’t think they will be coming in with a firm bid. Sunderlandinterest was prior to Martin O’neill arriving. This leavesSouthampton, as I understand it their manager is keen, but their chairman isn’t. I for one would not do business with Southamptonin any event, how they treated Millwall over the Jason Puncheon attempted purchase was a disgrace.
Due to our fantastic chairman we don’t need to sell anyway, so I would put a price tag of 8 million on his head, that would tell clubs we don’t want to sell, it would tell Trotter we don’t want him to go, but as we all know every player has a price.
Moving on to our forward line and squad of forwards, only Andy Keogh is first choice in my opinion, what a super buy he has turned out, his work ethic is outstanding, a real Millwall player, his goals last season for me are all bonuses.
Our other possible first teamer is Henderson who we all know has his problems at present. He also has a bad record for injuries, as well as Jackett may not want him next season as it would appear he is changing our style of play. The other options are Marquis who we all feel could do with a season long loan to a League One side. Batt who has had a severe injury, and N’Guessanwho I think most supporters won’t be to sorry to see him go.