Millwall manager Gary Rowett has suggested that the Lions are not going to be looking to recall forward Isaac Olaofe from his loan spell with Sutton United in League Two.
Olaofe enjoyed an excellent period of form for Sutton United in the National League last season after he made the loan switch from Millwall.
He managed to fire home 14 goals in his 37 league appearances to help the Lions secure promotion to the Football League.
The forward signed a new long-term deal with Millwall in the summer before he was sent out on loan once again to Sutton to help them consolidate their position in League Two.
The 21-year-old has managed to find some form for Sutton in the last few weeks with him having managed to score three goals in his last five appearances. That included his first two league goals of the campaign for Sutton against Crawley Town and Rochdale.
As with most loan deals, Millwall have the option to potential recall Olaofe in the winter window if they want to and feel they need more depth in their attacking options.
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Speaking to News at Den, Rowett revealed that Millwall do not currently intend to bring Olaofe back to The Den in the January transfer window and instead plan to allow him to continue his form with Sutton.
He said: “With all our young loans, they’ve all been doing pretty well. The likes of Dan Moss went on to Yeovil and is doing well.
“The same with Alex Mitchell at Leyton Orient, Tyler Burey before his injury.
“Hayden [Muller] has had games when he’s done quite well also.
“We wanted to have a look at Tanto pre-season but injury stopped us doing that so we felt the best thing for him to do was to go and play games again.
“The aim of all of those loans is they are going to come back into our team at some point.
“Otherwise we’d just try to sell them and let them move on. They’ve all got potential to be first-team regulars.
“If you look at those players, along with Billy Mitchell and Danny McNamara, then you’ve got a real core of five or six players that could play for our first team in the next 12 months.
“We’re open-minded about it but the main thing is they are developing and they are getting regular game-time.
“Unless you can guarantee them that there’s no point bringing them back from a successful loan when they can carry on scoring goals like Isaac has.”
This seems like a very sensible approach for Millwall to take to Olaofe’s situation because he would struggle to make it into the Lions’ starting line-up during the second half of the campaign if he was to be recalled from his loan at Sutton.
Olaofe seems to be stepping up in terms of his form at Sutton and he could now be set to go on a real run of form for the League Two side after he has scored three goals in his last five matches.
It would make little sense for the Lions to recall Olaofe from his loan spell and to have him just sitting on their bench or the fringes of his squad during the rest of the campaign.
The 21-year-old has a lot of potential and he needs to have a strong second half of the campaign with Sutton if he is going to be able to put himself in a position to challenge for a place in their side next season.