I have never doubted Gueye's talent, insists Millwall boss

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MAGAYE Gueye's ability has never been in question despite his limited playing opportunities for Millwall this season, according to boss Ian Holloway.

Gueye was exiled from the first-team squad in October after Holloway expressed concerns about the attacker's fitness.

But he made four substitute appearances and one start during November, and finished the month on a high by scoring the Lions' equaliser against Bournemouth.



The ex-Everton man controlled Lee Gregory's deflected shot before driving the ball under goalkeeper Artur Boruc to make it 2-2 in the 88th minute.

"It was a fantastic goal," said Holloway after the game. "I don't doubt his skill at all but I want his work-rate to be the same as everyone else's.

"I've got facts in front of me that I demand day in, day out and our fans would want me to do that. We've got stats and GPS trackers that tell me how hard players are training.



"Anyone who doesn't live up to that isn't going to be picked, it's very simple. To be at that level you've got to be super-fit.

"The Championship is as hard if not harder than playing in the Premier League. Some of the teams in the top division sit off you and let you pass it, but not here.

"So to match the physicality of that game on Saturday, you have to be tip-top."

Holloway praised the contribution of former Cherries defender Scott Malone following the Lions' late show at Dean Court.

Last month, Holloway admitted that he may struggle to keep Malone beyond the end of his current contract, which expires next June.

"He had to come here and deal with being a so-called Bournemouth reject," said Holloway. "Some people aren't very nice, are they, because he's come to us and done very well.

"I think he's a terrific player and he's out-of-contract in the summer, so I have got to deal with that as well. That's not easy, is it?

"And blow me down, he will have just turned 24 when his deal runs out. Some idiot sat somewhere and decided that's what the rules are going to be.

"We can buy him, he runs out of contract at 24 and he can go for nothing? Duh!"

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25 thoughts on “I have never doubted Gueye's talent, insists Millwall boss

  • December 1, 2014 at 09:56
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    24 years old and proving to be one of our better players about to leave of a free, what a balls up.

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    • December 1, 2014 at 11:05
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      @glyngo: its that bloody rooney rule..i sense another olly rant..... its wrong

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    • December 2, 2014 at 19:02
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      Standard Millwall really

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  • December 1, 2014 at 11:16
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    Who we on about leaving malone or gueye

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    • December 1, 2014 at 19:51
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      @jcmfc1967: Malone, I must admit that I am not sure if Maggie is really working out for us.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 12:31
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    FFS Ollie, it's not the league's rules that have stopped us signing up Malone on a longer contract. This was a complete lack of foresight on your part and the club's. It was clear this time last season that Malone was a key player, so we should have offered him a new deal then. It's not rocket science.

    Oh, and by the way, Gueye is only on a one year deal in case you forgot so you might want to think about that too now he showing signs of form.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 12:43
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    IH - If sorting out some of these basic things and getting team selection right isn't a pretty fundemental part of your job - what is your job all about

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  • December 1, 2014 at 13:11
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    Why not play gueye and fuller up front saturday? and when fullers knacked bring gregory on, hopefully where be 2-0 up by then.

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    • December 1, 2014 at 17:28
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      @foxy: absolutely well said

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      • December 2, 2014 at 08:07
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        @John: I should be manager john?.

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        • December 2, 2014 at 20:13
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          @foxy: Well I think u know more then the clown

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  • December 1, 2014 at 13:23
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    Malone was hardly a Bournemouth reject. We signed him from them when they were a L1 club and we are championship. It was a step up for him (at the time)

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  • December 1, 2014 at 15:58
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    Stop talking and just give him a contract or you can't decide whether to give Easter another one instead do your job ollie and stop talking crap

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    • December 1, 2014 at 17:25
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      @bobthelion: As you say Bob, we extend Easters and Marquis' contracts but neglect to extend our top players contracts, you'll probably read that Bailey Chaplow and Hoyte have been offered new terms before Malone and Gueye. who knows with that fruitcake.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 17:02
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    Disappointed with how season is heading considering the optimism at start off season!
    I think we at definitely a better side under ollie and will continue to improve, comparisons to lomas are ridiculous with the budget and crap he left us!!! Just stay up and clear out all the wage thieves and we got a good core!

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  • December 1, 2014 at 17:42
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    Some idiot sat somewhere ? Like where Ollie the dugout or boardroom we are like any other club and the rules apply to everyone if we lose Malone for fxxx all it will be the clubs fault not the system stop talking out your a*** its fucxxx boring now

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    • December 1, 2014 at 19:53
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      @Millwall1979: It's an interesting comment, almost like he was criticizing whoever gave Malone the deal and didn't commit him to a longer period. Wonder if that was a dig at Lomas or AA?

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      • December 1, 2014 at 19:54
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        @glyngo: Now I think about it it was KJ that signed him, but after he left someone must have thought he was worth extending. He was a firm crowd favourite end of last season.

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        • December 1, 2014 at 23:20
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          @glyngo: to be fair when kj left malone still had 2yrs left to run on the 3yr deal..the time to extend it should have been in the summer..cos AA & IH knew that thre was only a yr left..

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      • December 2, 2014 at 09:36
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        @glyngo: No I think he was probably criticising the governing bodies ie FA, FIFA etc who come up with all these rules.

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  • December 2, 2014 at 08:03
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    Sorry but this is all smoke and mirrors. We are 20th in the table and a point worse off than this time last year. Sick of hearing about player fitness and 'work rate' and how we are 'playing better football under Ollie'. The last one is a complete myth, we pass the ball around with no end product and can't do basic defending. How is that 'better football'?

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    • December 2, 2014 at 08:56
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      @lion.ie: we might not soon be 20th..LEEDS owner has been dissqualified by the FL for owning leeds..he has 2 weeks to appeal...Cheer me right up

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      • December 2, 2014 at 18:13
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        @Jim28: They'll get away with it Jim. How can an unfit person be allowed to pay off a clubs debts and then be banned? Maybe we can get Mugabe to help us out?

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        • December 2, 2014 at 18:49
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          @lion.ie: I think he's only banned from being on the board and it's only till 18 March next year. All it means is he can't officially be in control of the company until then. So it makes little or no difference to the football side.

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          • December 2, 2014 at 23:57
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            @junkmale: He paid off the clubs debts which would make quite a large difference to the footballing side.

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