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Lomas planning to send Millwall striker Marquis out on loan

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© Nicky Hayes

STEVE Lomas has revealed that striker John Marquis is set to leave Millwall on loan this season in order to gain valuable first-team experience.

Marquis has been limited to just 45 minutes of pre-season action because of an injury, whilst the arrival of new signings Steve Morison and Scott McDonald has pushed him further down the Lions' pecking order.

And Lomas believes the 21-year-old would benefit greatly from playing regular football in League One or League Two.

He said: "I've already sat down with John and he knows that I'm going to do my best to help him, because we need to get him firing. It's not a case of bringing in all these strikers and setting him aside – he's a good young player, who is big, strong and aggressive. He has the makings of a good striker.

"But he needs to get out and play football, it's as simple as that. Wherever he goes he has to play regularly so that he gets games under his belt and kick-starts his career, because being a bit-part player isn't doing his development any good.

"I had a young player up in Scotland called Stevie May – we sent him out on loan twice and he'll probably feature for St Johnstone this year. John's at a stage now where only games will help his development, not what I coach him.

"His real development will be going out on loan, playing 20 matches, scoring some goals and refining his game – and then he would be a viable option for us."

Marquis has made 39 appearances for Millwall since making his first-team debut against against Bristol Rovers in September 2009.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

38 thoughts on “Lomas planning to send Millwall striker Marquis out on loan

  • July 25, 2013 at 08:18
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    Makes perfect sense, thats how apprentices learn their trade. Oooops sorry I dont think they exist anymore, now I mustn't bring politics into the forum.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 08:24
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    SL is doing what KJ failed to do with JM.I can see JM going to Orient with Batt or Shrews with Tam?

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    • July 25, 2013 at 09:55
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      @Longfield Lion: It may not be all KJ's fault as you say, clubs need to want to take Marquis in the first place. Going back in time do you remember Kevin Braniff, everyone was saying he needs to go out on loan. At a fans forum Mark McGhee admitted clubs wanted to take players like Cahill and Ifill on loan but no one wanted Braniff, if no one wants these players you end up with a non league club or a problem

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      • July 25, 2013 at 10:31
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        @Basingstokelion: Basingstoke, you are right in what you say about KJ, but you will always find a level in football to play, just like on Sunday Mornings you can always get a game no matter how good/bad you are.
        Its the same here if he cant get a div 1 or 2 club there is the conference perm, IMO i dont think he will ever be good enough for the championship, but as SL said he needs games and he needs to start sticking the ball in the back of the net, this will help his confidence no matter what div he plays in, if he get's on the score sheet regularly.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 08:28
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    this is great news he will be a good player and will only benefit from regular first team football. League 1 NOT league 2

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  • July 25, 2013 at 08:40
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    This is the way forward. By upgrading the academy and progressing these players, they'll be in a position to go out on loan to League 1/2 clubs rather than immersing them into the first team before they're ready. We'll then see the benefits of them playing at these levels rather than for the reserves which is a win win situation for all. Nice to see Millwall are now running the club with eyes on the future.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 09:06
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    I like him just needs experience for this level he should of gone out on loan 2 seasons ago no doubt he will come back a better finisher.

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    • July 25, 2013 at 11:16
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      @payback: I think ideally, yes. Last season was more or less a write off for Marquis through injury and when he came back we needed all hands at the pump. If you look at the previous season we were very thin on the ground up front as well. Previous to that JM made a promising start with us and his record of 5 goals in 18 league starts shows that he has ability at League One level at the very least. When he played up front alongside Afobe last year he had a pretty good game. What I see is a young player who has lost his way a little, been through a confidence sapping injury spell and then brought back into a squad that was going through a desperate run. Now that the Board have finally backed the Manager and we have strengthened the forward line considerably, SL has the luxury of being able to work on his development.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 09:13
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    to be honest at this time jm is nowhere near championship standard. to me he another ben may who last iheard was at dover. i think a loan to a league 2 or conf side at best for him. maybe bomber cld help a loan to southend, he isnt league 1 standard, dartford wld be annuv gd move, aldershot and torquay did ted and robbo no harm

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  • July 25, 2013 at 09:25
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    Loan him out to the local Nandos.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 09:26
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    I don't think at the moment that Marquis is really a Championship or Division One level striker. However, I think he could and should improve as he has all the basic attributes. I remember Sheringham getting slated before Rioch arrived and Sadlier was often given a hard time before he played with Claridge. A season on loan with a manager who knows how to coach strikers could be just the thing for Marquis.
    A cynic might also add that getting his wages off the books will allow SL to make more new signings.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 10:55
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    I'd like to see some of our better Youngsters who aren't ready for the 1st team (Aiden O'Brien, Jake Goodman, Niall McManus, Tom Bender, Will De Havilland) along with Marquis leaving on-loan to at least League 2 teams because at least then we can see how they are doing!!

    I think it doesn't matter how old you are, when you are ready for men's 1st team football you are ready! FRED is in this category, when he played against Bromley he tore them apart, so comfortable on the ball and actually looked bored as it was too easy... what a LAD.

    Fred will be an absolute player for us mark my words, but he should have been given a squad number and used for cup games and put on the bench for confidence, but he is only 17!!

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    • July 25, 2013 at 10:59
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      Haven't seen Fred play but I'll take your word for it. Problem is that they may excell at one level but quickly fall apart at a higher one. Better surely to loan them out, monitor their progress and if they're good enough it'll soon be obvious.

      @Bradders:

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      • July 25, 2013 at 11:19
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        @NICKOLA: I see what you are saying but the guy doesn't look fazed playing alongside men, against men at the age of 17.... maybe I'm getting a bit ahead of myself although look at Will Hughes who plays for Derby.... They gave him a go when they had injuries and now he's worth £10million and is still only 18 or 19.

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        • July 25, 2013 at 11:35
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          @Bradders: If he's good enough they'll give him a go, he can added to the squad later. Another thing to bear in mind is that with the advances in sports science, clubs are much more aware of the long term negative physical effects of playing youngsters too much too soon.

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    • July 25, 2013 at 11:41
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      @Bradders: Millwall have had young player in the first team now and then it helps development but they must not be over used otherwise they will burn themselves out.
      He ought to be given a number though it will help him feel part of the squad.

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      • July 25, 2013 at 12:17
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        @Peckhamlad: Do you remember when you was a youngster, I do, had bundles of energy and never stopped running, pretty much played every single day either in competitive matches or with mates.... Unfortunately couldn't get further than county level.

        All I'm saying is that I don't believe in this burnt out nonsense, the guy is 17, full of life and remarkable ability... I'm not saying play him every single game in a season but a game here and there wont do him any harm, no more than 10 games a season in the championship or cup games.... rather that than get kicked up in the air (where the ball is most often than not) in league 2.

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        • July 25, 2013 at 13:10
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          @Bradders: Don't agree, he needs time to adapt and to enhance his skills in a tough environment. Also his body and muscles will not have fully developed until 20. A bit at a time until the manager thinks he is ready for more competitive football. His time will come.

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          • July 26, 2013 at 09:19
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            @Peckhamlad: Enhance his talent?! That's what everyone said about about some of the greatest young players in the world.... nope, they gave them a chance... I'm not saying 90minutes and I'm not saying play every single game of the season, of course you need to strike a balance somewhere.

            What sort of development would you want for him?? If we loan him to league 2 it will be a complete waste as he is technically very good and in league 2 or 1 it's rare the ball is played on the ground as much as the championship.

            If the guy is good enough what's the issue with playing him in cup games for 45mins or some Championship games that we're winning 2-0 in??

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  • July 25, 2013 at 11:39
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    Dagenham & Redbridge would be a great place to learn his trade

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  • July 25, 2013 at 11:40
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    I think JM shows good potential, and if given the opportunity to develop in first team football we should truly see what he is capable of. There are times when I think he shows real finishing prowess and power, and other times when he looks completely out of place. Loan him to League 2 and let him grow, then we can judge his true ability.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 11:58
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    Loan him out to a league one club but no lower. If he copes and stands out in a few games, you know he might stand up in thechampionship. If you don't hear from him and he gets sent back after 3 months then I should imagine SL will get the message. Wish him well though. He's Millwall and I would love to see him make it with us.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 11:59
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    I would defiantley get Fred Involved - the pressure of putting someone like him in the team last year would have be quite difficult - however the with team this year and the players that would be playing alongside him - I see no reason not give him a run out - the will hughes point above demonstrates the potential in doing this. In addition, the buzz around the place is already superb - imagine if a 17 year old comes into the fold and starts performing! Not only have we not seen this in years, a lot of people would be flocking to see someone like him.

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    • July 25, 2013 at 12:21
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      @tomfoster09: Great point.... I heard about Fred towards the end of last season so went and saw him in a youth game for Sh*ts and giggles and scored a belter, think it was against Colchester and you just know when you have seen unbelievable talent!!

      This guy loves the ball and loves attacking, so confident and calm on the ball and doesn't seem like another Conor Wilkinson (Think's he's god's gift who wants the money to go with it, hence move to Bolton).

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      • July 25, 2013 at 12:42
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        @Bradders: That's it bradders exactly my point. I think he comes across as quite fearless by all accounts - I can't believe he hasn't been given a squad number?

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        • July 25, 2013 at 13:07
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          @tomfoster09: Would have given the lad a bit of confidence having a squad number, but can be given a number at any time throughout the season so not too big a deal.

          He is only 17 so has got a few years with us yet, will finally be nice to see some youngsters coming through for a change under SL as KJ (God bless his soul) always relied on the loan market or John Marquis rather than trying to get these guys out on loan.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 12:37
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    Good luck to Marquis. The boy deserves a chance somewhere to learn his trade. Well done Lomas , fantastic man management.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 15:20
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    Lomas is doing everything right that kenny failed to do and that i was slated for saying last season on here when kenny was in charge, people felt they couldnt criticise kj because he was so likeable but i was very relieved when he quit because he had lost the plot a long time ago, the amount of people who backed his decisions to play Pony like Batt and Marquis when it was clear to anyone that knew anything about football and that went to our games could see both were woeful at best and never even league 1 players, as much as i didnt want an ex vermin manager Lomas has been superb in the transfer market, he slung batt out before he even kicked a ball in training, has signed proven quality championship players quickly and is now sending marquis out on loan, i think we will be lucky to get a taker though as marquis has had more than enough chances but is just simply not good enough and never will be, if KJ was still in charge we would be waiting for transfer deadline day to scramble around and sign s*** that noone else wants like simpson, hulse etc etc, everyone loved kj and he did a great job for us but he was very lucky in my opinion he wasnt sacked long before he walked, standing by woeful players like batt , marquis ,hulse, woolford , nguesson etc and playing jack smith in centre midfield and strikers on the wing week in week out was just inexcusable,its so nice to have signed quality players and we all have something to look forward to this season, Lomas has showed with his dealings just how poor kj was in transfer dealings and i cant wait now for season

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    • July 25, 2013 at 15:26
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      I was a Jackett out merchant as well and most of what you say is certainly true. I do think though it's time to forget what happened in the past and ride on this crest of a wave.

      @millwall0501:

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    • July 25, 2013 at 16:17
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      @millwall0501: Sorry, but you are missing a major point here. Jackett, in his all time at Millwall, NEVER got the backing that Lomas has had in his short tenure. Jackett has moved on, nobody was right or wrong. End of an era, start of a new era.

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    • July 25, 2013 at 18:57
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      You make a fantastic point. I'm a season ticket holder and witnessed first hand our deterioration last season. I will admit that I never turned on Jackett. My reasons for that are I became blinkered and bought into the better the devil you know thought. However , Lomas appears to have attracted a higher quality player and I really feel confident that he will do a great job this season. I think there were problems in house under Jackett that were affecting performances. But , we'll never know.

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      • July 26, 2013 at 09:26
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        @Block 8: I think backing is irrelevant, Jackett got us to where we needed to be and hat's off to him for his great service (let's remember the good things about him rather than last season).

        This season Financial Fair Play has hit a lot of clubs and it only seems to be assisting us as a smaller club with an ambitious manager, In the last 5 years I've never seen such good talent available on free transfers, this is all because teams now can't have a hefty wage bill each month and 22 players who would all fit into a Championship team.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 16:07
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    of course i totally agree, dont get me wrong i loved Kenny but he defo lost it the last season or 2, im over the Moon with the signings and think we are a full back away from being a top 6 side this season, its the first season in years that i really can't wait for and have real optimism for, fair play to JB to for backing lomas like he has,and to Lomas for going and getting these players so quickly before they were stolen away from us like normally happens, exciting times ahead!!

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  • July 25, 2013 at 16:19
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    It seems everyone knows we are a fullback or two short, I hope SL and MH can see this, although SL did say that players like Dunne were the heart and sole of the club...........hope he has changed his mind in the friendlies. COYL

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  • July 25, 2013 at 20:52
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    nothing against JM but I think he could do well and impress at a League One/Two club. Lets be honest he is not a Championship quality striker. Remember watching him in the reserves when they played home games at Dartford. He never scored a single goal in matches I saw and in fact him and Grabban were poor at best. Good luck to the lad though, hope he can join another club after a successful loan spell.
    COYL

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  • July 26, 2013 at 09:43
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    About time, he might do good at Dulwich Hamlet.

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