Tyler Burey was handed another Millwall start at the weekend against Hull – and Gary Rowett has told News at Den that he selected the player due to his ability to ‘beat people one-on-one.’
The youngster has managed 13 appearances in the Championship so far this season, with two goals but has not been able to fit into the squad much in terms of gaining a starting place.
Against the Tigers though, he was entrusted to start the match – and did deliver, helping the Lions to a victory over their opponents and making more dribbles and more accurate passes than anyone else on the field.
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The decision then paid off – but Gary Rowett has reasserted why he made the call in the first place to News at Den.
Speaking about selecting the player, he said: “It was a difficult call.
“You’re looking at that stage of the season and you’re looking for certain things within the games. I just felt Tyler would give us that youthfulness, that ability one-v-one to beat people.
“I needed to freshen the team up, that was a big part of the team selection. I felt I needed to make two or three changes at least, and Tyler was one of those.”
Jed Wallace would usually fill in at that position but he was unable to feature against the Tigers at the weekend. With the 28-year-old’s future up in the air too, it is a positive sign that Burey was able to come into the fold and produce the goods in Wallace’s absence.
He’s been influential this season, with 36 Championship appearances, six goals and 11 assists. However, there is no guarantee that he will be staying with the Lions this summer – and if Burey can step into the breach and do okay now, then it could stand them in good stead if the 28-year-old was to depart the Den.
Gary Rowett has managed to drag Millwall up towards the top end of the Championship table and with the side in seventh place, there is a genuine chance that they could now sneak into the play-offs.
The signs are positive regardless of whether they end up in the top six, with young players like Tyler Burey proving that there is talent throughout the ranks of the Lions’ squad. Even if some of their players leave in the summer, there is the opportunity for replacements there.
The fact he is so young and has been able to step in and impress bodes him well for the future. Against Hull, he was arguably one of the most exciting players on the field and looked lively, even hitting the woodwork at one point.
He might be trusted again before the season is done – and if the club do sneak into the play-offs, you wouldn’t be surprised to see him thrown into the mix there too.