After a fantastic end to the season, Millwall fans have every reason for optimism going into the next campaign. However, Neil Harris will need several new faces if the Lions are to keep going in the right direction.
Losing just two of their last nineteen League games, the Lions had an incredible run of form at the end of last season. Defined by hard working, tenacious players, the Lions defied the odds and their modest budget, to finish 8th in the Championship, having flirted with achieving a play-off place.
However, the South-East Londoners can’t afford to rest of their laurels. Lee Gregory and Steve Morison were, as usual, very solid for Millwall last season. However, they are ageing, and reinforcements are necessary at the Den if they are to replicate last seasons outstanding achievements.
Harris seems aware of his need for new players. He has reportedly bid a club record £1.25m for winger Ben Marshall, who impressed on loan at the club last season in his 22 appearances. This follows the signing of Scunthorpe United’s Murray Wallace for an undisclosed fee.
Millwall need attacking reinforcements going into next season. Millwall should go after a striker such as Martyn Waghorn to add depth to their squad. The striker is seemingly available, having been linked with Nottingham Forest. Another option may be hard working AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor, who has been linked with a host of clubs, notably Sunderland. The forward notched up 18 goals for AFC Wimbledon in the last campaign, and his tireless attitude is likely to please the Millwall support and Neil Harris.
If Harris does have more summer signings up his sleeve, and can keep the team spirit and togetherness at the club, they may go one better than last season and achieve a play-off place. Not capitalising on last season’s form with new signings would be a big mistake from Neil Harris.