This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Millwall have entered the race for the highly sought-after former Middlesbrough left-sided player Marvin Johnson, as reported by Yorkshire Live.
Yesterday, Sheffield Wednesday seemed to be in pole position for the 30-year-old, with reports from The Star believing that he was closing in on a move to Hillsborough.
But, the latest reports from Yorkshire Live has outlined that three Championship clubs have joined the chase.
As well as Millwall, Championship newcomers in Blackpool and Hull have also been accredited with interest in Johnson.
The Lions have enjoyed a steady transfer window thus far, welcoming five players to The Den. But with Shane Ferguson’s recent departure to Rotherham United, Gary Rowett is looking to bolster his left-sided options with the addition of Johnson.
Would Millwall be wise to offer Johnson a deal at the club? We asked the team at FLW to share their thoughts…
I think is would be a clever signing for Millwall to make and I feel that Johnson has a point to prove at Championship level.
He showed glimpses of brilliance with Middlesbrough but never fully hit the heights that many expected, so this move could rejuvenate his career.
I think it’s a player that the Lions need as it will give them more depth out wide, which will help after seeing Shane Ferguson leave this summer.
Futhermore it’s a free agent, so there isn’t as much risk attached to it as there would be for a transfer that would require a fee.
I think this would be another great bit of business for Rowett and co if they win the race for the player’s services.
Johnson would definitely be a good fit for a number of reasons at The Den, however the main reason being that Gary Rowett has adopted a three centre-back formation that has his wing-backs flying down the flanks.
That’s a style of play that would suit Johnson, although due to Scott Malone’s form last season he would not be a guaranteed starter and there would be stiff competition for a place in Rowett’s line-up.
Johnson has been linked with a number of teams – the likes of Blackpool, Hull and League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday are all said to be keen – but Millwall out of all of those are the ones who have a squad closest to challenge for the Championship play-off spots on paper.
The only issue is that at this stage of his career now he’s 30 years old, Johnson may be looking for regular first-team football and thanks to Malone’s presence, he may not get that at the Lions.
Johnson would be a good squad addition for Millwall but the London club probably wouldn’t be the best move for the player himself if he’s looking for minutes.
This could actually be a very wise signing for Millwall to make this summer and Marvin Johnson is the sort of player that it would be very useful to have in and around their squad for the new Championship campaign. For the Lions, the focus should be on ensuring they have quality depth all over the field and the 30-year-old would certainly add to that in various positions.
Johnson would be able to play a wing-back role for the Lions having done so under Neil Warnock at Middlesbrough at times last season. While the 30-year-old is also comfortable playing further forwards in the attacking third. You could see Gary Rowett finding an ideal role for him within his side and he could be used for them to mix up their system to suit different opponents.
The 30-year-old also has the ability to make things happen in the final third and he was involved in seven goals in his 42 league games for Boro last term. That means he could add some vital extra goals for the Lions which is something that will be needed if they are to challenge more closely for the top-six next term.
There is plenty of competition for Johnson’s signature, but Millwall has to be a potentially enticing prospect for the 30-year-old. On a free transfer, this would be a brilliant pick-up for the Lions.