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Millwall are considering to make a move for Middlesbrough striker Uche Ikpeazu, as per a report from Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday (19.12.21, pg. 69).
Ikpeazu has been given the green light to find a new club in January, according to Football Insider, with new Boro boss Chris Wilder envisaging a different approach to the club’s forward options.
FLW exclusively learn at the end of last month that Wycombe Wanderers were hoping to bring Ikpeazu back to Adams Park, after he enjoyed a successful spell with the Chairboys last time out.
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The striker has been played 19 times in the league this season, with 11 of those appearances coming from the bench.
Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding this potential deal…
When you look at the bigger picture, Millwall actually have a decent number of strikers to choose from right now.
Benik Afobe, Tom Bradshaw, Mason Bennett and Matt Smith are all competing for two places but you can see why Ikpeazu would be of interest to Gary Rowett.
Like Smith, Ikpeazu is a bit of a battering ram and he would probably fit Millwall’s style of play well and give them yet another option either from the start or off the bench.
His goal record isn’t anything to write home about but with Afobe, Bradshaw and Jed Wallace in the squad he won’t necessarily have to score to make an impact.
If Millwall can do a loan deal for the out of favour Boro man or even a cheap permanent deal then I think it’s a good signing.
If Boro and Millwall can agree to send Ikpeazu to the Lions, I think it could be an extremely good move for them.
The striker is not exactly prolific in terms of his goalscoring but the player brings much more to a team in terms of his hold-up play, aerial duels and the fact he is a grafter at the top end of the pitch.
It’s surprising that Middlesbrough don’t actually want to keep Ikpeazu but their loss is certainly going to be Millwall’s gain.
The Lions could certainly benefit from another option upfront and it could allow them to push on for the play-off spots.
I love this move from a Millwall perspective.
While Benik Afobe has shown signs of being the consistent number nine that has been missing at the Den for some time now, more firepower is needed in the winter window if the Lions are to get their promotion push back on track.
Ikpeazu appears out of Chris Wilder’s plans completely at Boro and the south London club are right to try and take advantage.
He’s scored goals at Championship level before and his physicality should make him an asset in the system that Gary Rowett has played during his tenure.
When I saw Ikpeazu was available, Millwall was the first landing spot that came to my mind.
It could be a match made in heaven.