Striker Kenneth Zohore could make his Millwall debut at some point this week, manager Gary Rowett has revealed.
Zohore joined Millwall from West Brom on a short-term loan deal until January on the final day of the summer transfer window, and it seems it may not be long until he gets a chance to make an impact in Rowett’s side.
Millwall host Luton on Tuesday night before Barnsley made the trip to The Den on Saturday afternoon, and with Zohore having played little football recently, it seems Rowett is keen to get the forward involved quickly, in an attempt to boost his match fitness.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win at Wycombe on Saturday about when Zohore could make his debut for the Lions, Rowett was quoted by News at Den as saying: “Kenneth hasn’t played much. He came off the back of an eight-week injury and he’s only trained for five or six days.
“I think what’s important is that when Kenneth’s ready – obviously we don’t want to wait too long – but that he’s got a chance to do himself justice.
“I think he’ll be involved this week, whether it’s Tuesday or Saturday. But we’ll only be able to assess that when we go into Monday’s training.”
Indeed, it seems Rowett is rather pleased with the business done by the club in bringing in Zohore, as discussing the impact the striker could make at Millwall, he added: “We want to try to add quality to our team, different ways of winning games.
“Kenneth has shown that if we can get him in the right type of environment with the right type of team and get him feeling good about himself again, he’s a top-class striker. I’ve said that before.
“I don’t think in the Championship you can ever have enough top-class strikers, especially at Millwall where it’s difficult for us to attract that type of player. So for us to get him until January, we’re delighted.”
Having joined West Brom from Cardiff only last summer, Zohore made just 20 appearances in all competitions for the Baggies as they won promotion to the Premier League, scoring a total of five goals in that time.
It makes sense for Rowett to try and get Zohore involved in Millwall’s first-team as soon as possible.
Given he is only on loan until January at this moment in time, Millwall do not have much time to exploit the services of Zohore as things stand.
As a result, they will surely want to bring him in and get him up to speed so that he has a good chance of making the sort of impact Rowett expects of him, especially since he may need some time to get up to full fitness.
Indeed, having struggled for opportunities at West Brom last season, you feel to Zohore himself will want to get back to playing regular football sooner rather than later, meaning this approach should suit all concerned.