Millwall suffered a devastating late defeat to Brentford on Saturday as they lost 3-2 away at Griffin Park.
The Lions lead the match 2-0 after goals from Tom Bradshaw and Jed Wallace either side of half time looked as if they would secure three points for Millwall.
But three Brentford goals in the last ten minutes, including the final goal four minutes into injury time, meant that Adam Barrett’s side left with nothing.
Caretaker manager Barrett got off to an excellent start beating Leeds 2-1 before the international break. But this weekend’s loss leaves Millwall in 17th with 14 points from their opening 12 fixtures.
Millwall have a number of exciting young players in their ranks and, before his departure, former manager Neil Harris was keen to bring in fresh young players and talked up the potential at the club in pre-season.
Here are two talents at Millwall who should be sent out on loan in January to help their development…
21-year-old defender James Brown has featured in Millwall’s youth teams since signing in 2016. He made his senior debut in the EFL Trophy against Gillingham in October 2016 and has captained the under 23 side on occasion.
The right-back moved to Carlisle on loan in his second season at the club in order to gain more first-team experience and made seven appearances before returning to Millwall. He then had unsuccessful spells at Livingston and Lincoln before returning to Millwall.
Since returning, Brown has been limited to under 23 action despite being around the first team for pre-season and is yet to make an appearance for the first team this season.
Another loan move would help Brown with senior playing time, but the club has to be right and perhaps a move to a League Two clubs would be useful as another failed loan move which limits his appearances could hinder his development as a professional player.
20-year-old goalkeeper Ryan Sandford is well regarded at Millwall and signed a new contract with the club over the summer.
Sandford has featured at England youth level having played for the under 16s, 17s and 18s. He has also been a regular in the Lion’s under 23 squad and has experienced first-team football at non-league clubs Welling United and Dorking Wanderers, where he made five appearances for each club.
In the recent match against Leeds, Sandford featured on the bench so it is clear that he is well regarded and wanted in and around the first team at Millwall.
However, Sandford still has made a senior appearance for Millwall and he would benefit from more chances to learn at lower league level so another loan move will be likely for the talented goalkeeper.