Millwall are said to be interested in signing Middlesbrough striker Uche Ikpeazu, as per a recent report by The Sun on Sunday.
The towering frontman has slowly fallen out of favour at the Riverside Stadium after his move from Wycombe Wanderers during the summer and could well be keen to move on to a new challenge if his circumstances don’t change in the North East.
Here, we took the time to weigh up this potential move for the 26-year-old to South London.
Is it a good potential move?
By all accounts this would be a match made in heaven.
Ikpeazu is a player that thrives when playing in a side that plays direct football, so it is easy to see that he would fit right in at Millwall.
The Lions are known for getting the ball wide in order to put dangerous crosses in, which is something that the big striker would certainly feed off well.
Add to the fact that he can also hold the ball up well to great effect when it is played into his feet and it is fair to say he is the type of striker that Gary Rowett usually plucks for.
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Would he start?
There is certainly a case that can be made for Ikpeazu to come in at Millwall and be a regular starter, mainly because most of their existing attacking options haven’t been consistent enough to start every game.
The Middlesbrough man is looking to be playing more regularly and that fact is sure to be key to any move potentially happening further down the line.
He would function well alongside a Tom Bradshaw or a Benik Afobe in a front two and would arguably make this Millwall side even more effective in the air.
In short, there is no doubt that the 26-year-old would only move to the Den if he is given certain guarantees over his playing time.
What does he offer?
He offers the Lions are a more direct and physical option to utilise in games, similar to that of Matt Smith or Jon Dad Bodvarsson in recent seasons.
Ikpeazu also brings a good degree of proven Championship pedigree after his exploits at Wycombe and is arguably a much more attainable player than many others that could be available in January.
He is also a striker who is now entering his prime years, which means he should be playing some of the best football of his career.
If Rowett can get the best out of him, Millwall will be adding yet another string to their already impressive bow of attacking threats.