Well what a season it has been, despite being close to the drop zone for the majority of it, surely finishing above Palace counts as a successful season right?
This was always going to be a transition season with the loss of Steve Morison to the high flying Canaries of Norwich City, but after surviving it the Lions should be looking to push up the table, and hopefully KJ has seen where improvement is needed.
A position that is in dire need of help is left back. The left backs this season have been average to say the least, we need someone who is more focused about playing than designing (Jordan Stewart) whereas LB Tony Craig is a powerhouse of commitment at but his abilities let him down. And Scott Barron? Less said about Jedward the better. What KJ should be looking for is a strong LB who’s not afraid to bomb forward, as with the partnership of Smith and Henry on the right.
If Stevenage do not go up I would be aiming for Scott Laird, a player who has got better and better throughout the divisions, and anyone who saw his goal against Sheffield United will see he certainly has one eye on the goal. Despite the left back position I think we have a defense more then capable of competing.
Another position that needs improving is left midfield. The Lions have had really only one option, the enigma that is Hameur Bouazza. He said he could get into the team with his eyes closed, well for the majority of the season he has surely been playing like it, and upset the Den’s faithful at you’re peril, the sooner he’s gone the better. A player I would like to see come in is Gary Mcsheffery, a proven quality at this level, plus he could be available on the cheap due to Coventry’s deepening financial worry and relegation. Whatever player comes in will have to do what Bouazza didn’t, actually put in effort, or you’ll be out very, very, quickly.
The Lions may have a sturdy defense, but having an unconfident goalkeeper shakes the solid foundations of a good team. This is what happens with David Forde. A line of horrible mistakes cost his place in the team, KJ called on the unlikely hero of 40-year-old Maik Taylor from Leeds. Many Lion’s fans thought he would be little more then a sub warming the bench, but impressive display after impressive display started to make him a fans favorite. Plus saving two penalties in two games to earn six vital points will always help. With him being released from Leeds United theirs three words for you KJ, sign.him.up.
With loanees moving on and certain circumstances affecting players (Henderson) one or two more strikers will need to be added. One player that has to come back is Harry Kane. He came here as a boy and left as a man, a strong, confident footballer with an eye for goal, with 9 goals in a half season, he should be back to further his development surely? One striker who I’d love to see at the den is Luke Freeman from Stevenage. Despite only moving to Stevenage permanently in January from Arsenal, he has coped better then expected, a young player who is only going to get better, and hopefully another KJ diamond in the rough into a gem.
With hopefully players coming in, some of the deadwood that’ll be left in the squad can leave. Some have left already with Ryan Allsop and Jordan Stewart being shown the door, with less then 10 games between them this was not a surprise.
One player that can leave is Darren Ward, despite being a firm part of the Millwall squad of the years, he is now 33 and lost the pace he had. He would be a vital part of the team in the lower leagues but not in the Championship, another player to leave should be Chris Hackett, who has been on loan most of the season and is simply not good enough.
The final part of the leaving part should be John Marquis, but this one should be a loan. Despite a strong start of the season he’s performance dwindled and dwindled, plus a Twitter rant after defeat to Crystal Palace didn’t exactly endear himself. But I believe that he has the potential to be a good player, a club such as Leyton Orient or Brentford would be a good fit if he is willing to learn.
That’s what I think should be done in the summer to push the Lions up the table, good luck KJ it’s all down too you.