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Championship play-off chasers Millwall have this week been credited with an interest in Shrewsbury Town hot-shot Daniel Udoh, per Football Insider.
It is claimed that the Lions have been making checks on the 25-year-old Nigeria-born striker, who has 16 goals to his name for Steve Cotterill’s side this season, including a goal at Anfield against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
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Udoh is currently having the best season of his career in the EFL – he previously spent time with Crewe Alexandra before dropping back into non-league, with his goalscoring form for AFC Telford United paving the way for a move to Salop in 2019.
After scoring just nine goals in his first two seasons for the club, Udoh has certainly found his feet and Millwall, who will lose loanees Oli Burke and Benik Afobe this summer unless permanent contracts can be agreed, seem keen.
FLW’s Millwall fan pundit Ryan Loftus is one person who would be interested in seeing Udoh in a navy blue shirt at The Den next season – although he does have concerns over his overall scoring record.
“Daniel Udoh would be an interesting choice for Millwall,” Ryan said.
“Gary Rowett said during January and in the summer that we need to start looking for a different profile of striker, someone with a bit more pace, someone who is a bit younger as well – obviously we’ve had the likes of Matt Smith, Benik Afobe on loan this season and Tom Bradshaw is approaching 30.
“They want to change the profile of player we have up top and Udoh looks different to the options we have – a bit of pace and good in the air as well, so he could fit in.
“He’s not been prolific at Shrewsbury but has a good goal return this season so it could be an interesting option if he’s not too expensive.”
Udoh would certainly be a major gamble if Millwall were to target him.
Turning 26 in August, he will be about to his his general peak in the next couple of years, but he’s totally unproven at Championship level having never played in the second tier before.
It’s true that Udoh is having a fine run of form this season for Shrewsbury, but you have to wonder if he can really cut it at the level above.
He would offer something different though to what Gary Rowett already has, but there may be better options out there who have more scope for improvement.