Millwall have started off inconsistently so far this league campaign, having picked up 14 points from their 11 Championship games thus far.
The Lions are currently on the hunt for a manager following Neil Harris’ resignation after their 1-1 draw with Luton Town a couple of weeks ago, before caretaker manager Adam Barrett led Millwall to a shock 2-1 win over promotion chasers Leeds United in a dramatic game.
With Millwall facing off against Brentford this Saturday, with the Bees sat two places and two points behind the Lions in 17th, we take a look at two changes that Barrett should consider making to his Millwall side this weekend…
Last time out against Leeds, Barrett chose to operate with an attacking midfielder instead of two strikers.
Ben Thompson was the man who was assigned to playing just off of No.9 Tom Bradshaw, but Millwall may benefit from a change in formation as they come up against Brentford.
Two strikers would mean that the Lions have more bodies in the box to attack the ball, and that they can be a lot more effective from crosses so that they can use their typical approach of physicality to try and get on the end of some balls and net some goals for Millwall.
As good as the attacking midfielder worked out last time for Millwall, they may have more of a chance if they have bodies higher up the pitch and someone who can directly play alongside Bradshaw could be a positive as Millwall look to take advantage on their home turf.
A personnel change that Barrett may be considering, which links back to the previous point, is that Jon Dadi Bodvarsson could come in to replace Thompson.
The more physical option of Bodvarsson, who stands at 6’2″ and would be a good option to have alongside the 6’0″ Bradshaw, would be better suited to the style that Millwall are used to and the pair will be allowed to attack crosses in a rigid but effective 4-4-2 formation.
Phyicality isn’t the only thing that Bodvarsson and Bradshaw would have as a strike force. The pair both know where the goal is and neither player is particularly slow when it comes to attempting to run the channels and therefore creating opportunities for their side.
Both players could be called upon to play as an old-fashioned No.9 and let the midfielders around them do all the running, however a start for the strike pairing would provide Brentford with a stern test.