Millwall are one of a number of Championship clubs in the running for Bristol City midfielder Jamie Paterson, per Football Insider.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Ashton Gate at the end of the season and there seems to be interest gathering in him, with Birmingham City, Stoke City and his former club Nottingham Forest apparently also keen.
Paterson has played 20 times for the Robins in the Championship this season in an injury-hit campaign and with no new deal signed yet, it looks increasingly likely that he will move on to pastures new.
With the Lions being one of a number of interested parties, let’s look at one winner and one loser from their squad should Paterson’s signing be secured ahead of the 2021/22 season.
WINNER: Jed Wallace
Wallace is the leading light of Millwall’s team – he hit double figures in both goals and assists last season but he’s had to adapt recently with Gary Rowett favouring a 3-5-2 formation.
A natural winger, Wallace has now had to play down the middle as a striker, scoring twice in seven games when playing in that role (transfermarkt), and he’s probably suffering from a lack of creativity around him.
The 27-year-old can’t do it all on his own though, and that’s why bringing Paterson in to play in the attacking midfield role could bring out the best in Wallace.
Of course Rowett could end up changing his system again and could revert Wallace to playing as a winger, but for now he’s a striker and with Paterson feeding him in his productivity could rise.
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LOSER: Ben Thompson
A Millwall academy graduate, there has been times over the years where Thompson has been a regular fixture in the first team, but this season he’s completed 90 minutes in the Championship just twice out of his 28 appearances.
The 25-year-old has been shifted out to the wing on occasion as well due to him not fitting into the engine room in some of Rowett’s systems and if Paterson does come in, you’d have to fear for Thompson in the sense that he would no doubt drop down the pecking order.
There’s no doubting that Thompson is talented, but Rowett seems to prefer other options to him on a regular basis and considering he’s played as an attacking midfielder this season, Paterson coming in would almost certainly relegate him to a permanent bench role.