More midfielders will mean more formation options for Millwall boss

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris wants more midfielders this season to have the option of playing different formations in the Championship.

George Saville’s capture from Wolves is set to be announced, and he will be the fourth contracted senior midfielder at the club.

Harris has favoured a smaller squad since he was appointed boss in March 2015 – launching a major clear-out in his first closed season – and he again wants a first-team group of around 20 or 21 players.

That could leave the door open for Calum Butcher, who struggled to nail down a starting spot in last season’s promotion-winning campaign.

But Harris could recruit another midfielder after Saville’s arrival, though Southend have so far refused to budge as they aim to keep Ryan Leonard, whom Millwall have already bid for.

Harris is determined to go into his first full Championship campaign with options in that central area.

“You want competition for places, you want players who are hungry, that’s key,” Harris said last week. “At the moment, we’ve got Ben Thompson and Shaun Williams under contract, and Calum Butcher as well. So we only have three contracted midfield players. It’s important that I have options in that midfield area.

“We played 4-4-2 predominantly in the last two years, but there will be stages this season when I might want to play three central midfield players.

“We have three signed central midfield players so it’s important we strengthen in that area.”

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John Kelly