A major update has emerged regarding Charlton’s chances of signing on Liverpool forward Liam Millar this summer.
According to Goal.com, the Premier League club are planning to send Liam Millar on loan to a Championship side next season following his spell with Charlton in League One last term.
This comes as a blow to the Londoners, who are reportedly interested in signing him for a second spell at The Valley after he impressed for the Addicks this year.
Back in January, former Charlton boss Lee Bowyer claimed that Millar is an “exciting” player and highlighted his pace as his main asset. He told cafc.co.uk: “He’s an exciting player, he wants to travel with the ball and he wants to go past people, that is what we need. It has been obvious, since we lost Alfie [Doughty] to injury, that we’ve lacked that pace to hit teams on the break and Liam is going to bring that to us as an option.”
Charlton fans will likely be gutted by this news as it seemingly rules out the club’s chances of being able to sign Millar for another season on loan. Liverpool want to step up his development by sending him on loan to a higher division in the Championship, and the Addicks may not be able to convince the Premier League giants that another year in League One would be best for his progress.
Millar could potentially join a Championship club and fight for promotion to the top flight whilst playing regular football, which would be a step up from featuring in the third tier for the Addicks.
Missing out on the 21-year-old would be a blow to Charlton because of his fine performances for the club in the 2020/21 campaign. The Canadian winger provided the Londoners with two goals and six assists in 23 starts in League One, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.90 in the process. No Addicks player had more assists than Millar, which is some achievement given that he only joined the club midway through the season, and they could miss his creativity from wide areas.
The £3,000-per-week dynamo also ranked fifth in Charlton’s squad for average WhoScored ratings out of every player to feature in 10 or more games. This shows how vital he was to Nigel Adkins’ side and why fans may be gutted that it now seems unlikely the 21-year-old will be at The Valley next season.
Never say never in football, though, as Millar is still at Liverpool as it stands. If he does not get an attractive Championship offer and it gets late in the window, then the opportunity could arise for Charlton to swoop in if they are still interested in signing him.