Gary Rowett has hinted that Millwall will be adding attacking reinforcements to their squad in the upcoming January transfer window.
Rowett signed Troy Parrott and Kenneth Zohore on-loan from Tottenham and West Brom respectively, although both has been injured for long periods this season.
Meanwhile, Mason Bennett, who joined on a permanent basis in the summer, has missed recent matches through injury before returning – leaving the Lions boss so short on attacking numbers that teenager Tyler Burey has been used at late substitute.
Zohore remains unavailable until the end of this month following a calf problem he sustained in the win over Preston, whilst Connor Mahoney hasn’t featured since the beginning of November.
Asked whether he’s already thinking about doing business in the January window, Rowett told South London Press:
“I’ve got both eyes on January – because with the injuries we’ve had and the disruption we’ve had has made it very difficult for us.”
“We’re 15 games in and that was the first time I’ve managed to play Troy, Mason and Jed together. At times they were really bright. I’ve only managed to put Ken Zohore out there once from the start.
“It’s been difficult. We have got a small squad and we’re fighting very hard against lots of teams with riches and options.
“At the moment we’ve got to scrap and try and win a game. It would be nice to get those options back firstly.
“But in the forward areas we’ve been hit with the players we’ve brought in to try and be the difference. They’ve not been available.
“We’ll look to January but we want to get to January in a much better position than we’re in now. That’s as much of a focus as it is on the transfer market.”
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By the time the January window arrives, Rowett should have a fully fit squad available – at least in terms of attacking options anyway.
But with Zohore’s loan deal ending in the middle of January, and the likes of Tom Bradshaw, Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson all struggling in front of goal, signing another striker would be a sensible option for Millwall.
Parrott has impressed since his return, although he still hasn’t got off the mark, and whilst he’s still so experienced, Rowett cannot keep relying on an 18-year-old to score the goals that are needed, whilst could lead to another addition in the coming weeks.