Tough job on the cards for the new manager at Millwall

Millwall's Liam Trotter

Right, now that KJ has gone and all the loanees have gone back to their clubs, let’s have a look and see what signings will need to be made.

The goalkeeper front is fine, David Forde is number one and will stay that way, maybe a young back-up could be signed as second choice Maik Taylor is into his 40’s.

I believe that three of the four defending positions are already filled. Shane Lowry will be the left back but he does need to sort out his discipline as he is the highest booked player in the Championship.

The centre back pairing of Mark Beevers and Danny Shittu will not change, it’s been a quality partnership and with Paul Robinson coming back from injury we have a suitable replacement on the bench.

Then there is the right back position, this was alternated between Adam Smith and Alan Dunne, with Smith going back to Spurs, I could see the new manager bringing in someone new.

The midfield needs a lot of work though…

The right wing position will be James Henry’s next season, if he is still here, and it’s not bad having Liam Feeney as a back-up.

Then there’s the centre midfielders.

Liam Trotter seems to be like marmite at Millwall, fans either love him or hate him. Well no one has seen him since January, he’s gone missing so he either has to leave or stand up and be counted.┬áHe’s had a bad second half of the season, but he is worth keeping.

It’s the position next to him that might need to be filled after a strange season in the middle of the park. Josh Wright is a centre midfielder who can’t pass forwards or tackle, and Jimmy Abdou, I love him but he is more of a defender then a midfielder.

I’d love us to try and sign Richard Chaplow again after he had his loan spell cut short by injury, I can’t see it happening though.

And with the left winger position there is a chance for someone to make it their own. With Chris Taylor leaving, seemingly for Blackburn, it leaves us with Martyn Woolford as the only left winger, that will need to change.

And now it’s the most vital part of this team, the strikforce…

The only out and out striker Millwall actually have is John Marquis, a player who has not scored a league goal this year. Yes we do have Championship experience with Andy Keogh, but he’s not a out and out striker, and he hasn’t scored since January.

Who knows, if Gary Johnson does become manager, he may bring Paddy Madden from newly promoted Yeovil with him.

There are some pretty big gaps to fill in my opinion.

Forde
? Shittu Beevers Lowry
Henry Trotter ? ?
Keogh ?

Who would you sign to fill these positions?

COYL