While Millwall are the early starters for pre-season this coming term, there is one rumour that doesn’t seem to be going away, Liam Trotter.
Southampton FC have kept an interest in him for the last two years and if he did leave, the Lions would be losing a player with Premier League potential. On his day Trotter is a world-beater, but when it’s form, its like playing with 10 men.
Rumours circulated during the summer that Southampton tabled a £2million bid for Trotter, these rumours were quickly denied by the club, and rightly so, no way under any circumstances should Trotter leave for 2 million, he’s worth more then that.
His quality pushing forward, goals from midfield and potential to be a player at the highest level would surely push he price up, plus the stupid prices go for in modern football, especially by the Saints themselves, paying £7million for Jay Rodriguez from Burnley. A good player? Yes, but nowhere that price. I wouldn’t let Trotter go below the price of £3.5 million, but I could see Berylson selling him on for 2.5 million with percentage sell on clause added on.
Despite Trotters’ bad parts of his game, he has the potential to play in the Premier League; even manager Kenny Jackett has stated this. So if he did leave did this summer I believe he could end up at a lower Premier League club such as West Brom or Fulham (who have already scouted him) plus Everton have apparently been on scouting trips for Trotter, but it looks like the most likely club to sign him would be Southampton, a long standing interest and the backing of a billionaire would make them favorites.
If he went who would replace him?
Fans favorite Jimmy Abdou would most likely fill one of the midfield spaces due to his play last season, but he is more of a defensive one, unlike Trotter. One replacement could be Josh Wright, signing a 3 year deal in May, Wright filled in when Trotter was injured and this brought excellent results with 6 wins out of 7.
Despite his great technique from long-range shots he’s still not quite as attacking as Trotter. Ex Charlton midfielder Thierry Raccon could be the answer after being a strong pacey midfielder at the South London club, but the Lions faithful have only seen him play once competitively due to injury, so I don’t think we’ll see him in the squad anytime soon. If the Lions want to buy an attacking midfielder like Trotter they might have to get the cheque book out.
If Trotter did leave, some of the money would most likely be spent on replacing his position in center midfield, and a strong attacking midfielder. A Peter Whittingham-esq type of player, but a strong attacking midfielder would mean a high price tag.
Kenny Jackett doesn’t just sign million pound plus players on a whim, so I could see Josh Wright being molded into a Trotter-esq player and start to push further forward to support the strikers.
If Trotter did leave he would be missed in the squad, his strong play and finishing helped the Lions out at crucial times this season, like his double against relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers for example.
But this somewhat ruined by the other side to his play, his inconsistency. Trotter could go from being world class to shocking in just one game, his game blows hot and cold. Plus little niggling injuries are starting to creep into his play, with the midfielder missing the final games of the season with injuries, but when Trotter was missing from the team, the Millwall starting XI played better then when he was in there. Strange.
I still believe that Trotter is a quality player and should stay to fulfill his potential, but sooner or later a Premier League club will come calling.
Would you sell him for under 2.5 million? How can we replace him?