2 Millwall youngsters who would need a loan in January

Millwall are having a good season so far under Gary Rowett, looking to push for the play-off places this term.

The Lions have done excellent business this summer, signing George Honeyman from Hull, Zian Flemming from Fortuna Sittard, Benik Afobe from Stoke and Andreas Voglsammer from Union Berlin on permanent contracts.

Rowett has also made impressive use of the loan market, with Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton arriving temporarily from Leeds, as well as Callum Styles from Barnsley.

All of these signings have been first-team regulars, with Flemming being perhaps the most notable addition.

With a strong squad, Rowett has the depth at his disposal to be able to send some of his younger squad members out on loan for invaluable experience.

The 48-year-old has proven there is a route for youngsters to break into his first team, Danny McNamara and Billy Mitchell are both academy products and now regulars. Rowett has also shown he will reward players for good loan spells away from the club, Tyler Burey had a productive spell with Hartlepool last season in League Two and has featured more frequently since his return.

We look at two Millwall players who would need a loan move away from the club in the January transfer window…

Hayden Muller

The 20-year-old defender has made just a handful of senior appearances for the Lions since his debut in 2020.

He spent the first half of last season on loan with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone but was recalled by Millwall in January. Muller has struggled for minutes since returning from McDiarmid Park and at this vital stage in his career he needs game time for his development.

Rowett has plenty of options in the centre-half, with the experience of Shaun Hutchinson, Jake Cooper and Murray Wallace being a solid backline for many years, while Loanee Cresswell has also impressed in that position, pushing Muller further into the pecking order.

Isaac Olafe

Olaofe is another product of the club’s academy and the 22-year-old striker has also found his first-team opportunities limited this season.

He had some good time on loan away from The Den, notably with Sutton United, where he scored 26 goals in 80 appearances across three separate loan spells, helping Matt Gray’s side both to promotion from the League national and survive in their first season. in League Two. He also spent time in Scotland with St Johnstone on a temporary basis.

But Olaofe’s impressive form at Gander Green Lane doesn’t appear to have been enough to convince Rowett to give him more first-team chances, so perhaps another loan spell is needed to continue his career progress.

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