Much of Millwall’s early season success has been due in parts to the significant contribution that has been made by winger Jed Wallace, with the 25-year-old having been in fine form for the Lions so far.
Wallace has netted seven goals for his side so far, as well as displaying his creative skills by laying on four assists for his teammates, thus making him far and away Millwall’s most prolific attacking outlet.
Therefore it is perhaps unsurprising that the wide man’s showings have attracted interest from other clubs, with a report in The Express (1 December, page 65) detailing that Aston Villa are said to be eyeing up a move for Wallace in January as Dean Smith looks to strengthen their Premier League survival bid.
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It would be a big blow for the Lions if they were to lose their star man, particularly if the departure came to fruition halfway through the campaign.
Here, we take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser of Wallace’s potential departure from the New Den….
Despite having started games more regularly in recent weeks, Mahoney would surely be the winner of any deal to take Wallace away from the New Den, with the former Blackburn Rovers man having to play in different roles this campaign due to Wallace’s consistent showings in his preferred right wing role.
If Wallace were to leave the club, it would in theory allow Mahoney to become first choice for the position on the right, whilst also improving his chances of starting games more regularly under Gary Rowett.
One player who would certainly be negatively affected by the departure of Wallace is right back Mahlon Romeo, with the defender having struck up a strong partnership with the winger down the right hand side, there is now a threat of Romeo’s progress being curtailed.
With Wallace leaving the New Den, Romeo would have to once again establish a relationship with whoever plays in front of him on the flank, thus opening up the possibility for miscommunications and subsequent mistakes on field.