Millwall manager Gary Rowett has revealed his concerns that star goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski could be recalled by Ipswich Town in January.
The shot-stopper has quickly become a fan favourite at The Den since arriving on a season-long loan deal from The Tractor Boys during the summer, but Rowett believes his parent club could be tempted to sell him to a rival in the upcoming transfer window.
“I’ve spoken to the club about one or two things but I don’t know the precise details of the agreement,” Rowett said, reported by East Anglian Daily Times.
“I think as in any position you plan for the worst-case scenario which is making sure you have options in the building but also making sure you have options in the recruitment market.
“At the moment, until something like that happens, it’s something that we have to plan for but we hope we won’t need to worry about.
“That’s something I’m sure the club will deal with when the time comes.”
Should Millwall be worried about a potential Bialkowski departure?
So far this season, the 32-year-old has starred in every single league game, keeping three clean sheets and conceding 22 goals in that time.
Before leaving East Anglia, the Pole had made 178 appearances for Ipswich, keeping 41 cleansheets, but opted to push for a move in the summer following their relegation.
Millwall currently sit in 15th place following their derby win against Charlton Athletic on Saturday and could move to within four points of the top-six if they beat Swansea City after the international break.
I am not too sure that this is something worth worrying about for Rowett.
Bialkowski has been excellent this season and will undoubtedly be enjoying his time at The Den as well. Because of that, I doubt that he will be asking for a move in the summer and will most likely tell Ipswich that he wants to stay where he is.
It is ultimately out of Rowett’s control anyway and the best thing he can do is keep moulding his new side and trust those above him to take care of the transfer side.