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A draw at the weekend made it four matches unbeaten for Gary Rowett’s Millwall side, leaving the Lions in 13th place in the Championship and within striking distance of a push for a play-off spot.
Rowett though, may have to prepare for an approach for winger Jed Wallace in the January transfer window, with Aston Villa considering a bid, according to the print edition of The Express (December 1, Page 65).
The pacy 25-year-old wide-man has been Millwall’s undoubted star turn since Rowett took over at The Den, producing seven goals and three assists so far this season.
So would Wallace be a good addition at Villa Park? Is he good enough for the Premier League?
“I think they can do better than Jed Wallace to be quite honest, and he should look to stay at Millwall under Rowett.
“He’s establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the Championship right now, scoring important goals and creating plenty of chances for his teammates.
“But I still think he needs a couple more years to prove himself as a top, top player in the second tier, and I personally think that there are better options out there for Villa to go out and get.
“You look at Said Benrahma, who has lit up the Championship for the past couple of years, scoring plenty of goals and producing plenty of assists along the way.”
“I’m not convinced this would be a worthwhile signing for Villa because while Wallace is having a great season for Millwall, it doesn’t exactly seem like he is ready for top-flight football.
“Millwall are currently sat in mid-table after 19 games and look relatively comfortable, with Wallace being their standout player so far, but he is yet to consistently prove his value above this level.
“A move in January might be a bit premature for Wallace as his form could purely be just that, form. If Wallace has a full season at this level then it’s clear that he has what it takes to make the move further up the footballing ladder.
“I do think Aston Villa could find a more useful player for their Premier League squad, but it has to be said that Dean Smith has a keen eye for a shrewd deal and this could be the latest one.”
Would Jed Wallace be a good addition at Villa Park?
“This would be a good signing for Villa at present with Wallace being one of the Championship’s top performers thus far, his addition could well add an extra dimension to the Premier League side’s attack.
“He would not only add strong creative skills but also the bonus of goals from midfield, particularly as he can operate in numerous roles including wide on theright and through the centre of the field as a playmaker.
“His addition would certainly add competition in wide areas, with the likes of Jack Grealish and Anwar El-Ghazi having both enjoyed largely unchallenged spells in the starting eleven.
“It remains to be seen if Millwall would indeed be open to selling their star man in January, as the winter window is traditionally a tough time for sides to sign players, particularly if the selling club knows the buying team is in desperate need of a new signing.”