Millwall boss explains Butcher and Romeo absences

CALUM Butcher could leave Millwall on loan or permanently before the end of the month, after Neil Harris hinted his style of play doesn't fit the current system.

Butcher has started just 13 games since he joined the Lions from Burton Albion before the 2016-17 season.

The former Tottenham youth player has seen competition for a midfield spot increase this season, after Harris signed George Saville and Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Tunicliffe has yet to start a game as he catches up on fitness, but could be involved next week against Reading in the second round of the EFL Cup.

That could convince Butcher he needs to leave to secure regular first-team football.

"I've left Calum and Mahlon [Romeo] out of the 18 recently, they were both in the squad but not involved," Harris said.

"It's tough because they are too really good players and great lads. Both are just out of the side and squad because of other players' availability.

"It's really tough on them. Calum is something completely different to what we have in midfield. We did use him as a holding midfielder last year and he did okay.

"But naturally he wants to get forward, run past strikers and get into the box. He does add a different dimension, but his chances so far have been limited.

"He's a great pro and while he's here he's always considered for selection."

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John Kelly