NEIL Harris believes Millwall’s 4-0 win over Norwich in their last game before the international break will have caught the attention of their Championship rivals.
The Lions got their first win of the league season in emphatic fashion against the Canaries, and face another of the promotion contenders, Wolves, at Molineux this weekend.
Wolves broke the transfer record for a fee paid by a Championship club this summer when they signed Ruben Neves from Porto for £15.8millon – almost 20 times Millwall’s transfer record fee paid, for Paul Goddard from Derby County in 1989.
The signing of Neves was the third time in a year Wolves had broken their transfer record, after previously spending £7million on Ivan Cavaleiro and £13million on Helder Costa.
Those transfers paved the way for George Saville and Jed Wallace to leave the club, and both players made permanent switches to Millwall ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Harris expects one of Millwall’s sternest tests of the season this weekend when they take on Nunto Santos’ side.
“They keep the possession, keep the possession, are patient and then they go incisive and move the ball,” Harris said. “They’re very similar to Norwich in the possession stakes.
“They’ll have a lot of the ball, we won’t. They have a lot of quality players – a ridiculously talented playing squad.
“They’ve had a foreign influx of players and the coach has really got them at it. It’s a really, really tough one. For me it’ll be one of the toughest this season.
“But we’re looking forward to it and really excited by the challenge. We’ve had some strong performances, two clean sheets and coming off the back of a 4-0 win against one of the pre-season favourites for promotion.
“What the result against Norwich has done is make sure that no one takes us lightly and that brings added challenges for us.
“Hopefully I’ll have a fully fit squad to choose from.”
Millwall spent a fraction of what Wolves splashed out during the closed season and what they are paying in wages.
And Harris said he wouldn't risk upsetting the balance in his dressing room by having too big a disparity in players' salaries.
"We never talk about a wage cap, but we have a budget," Harris said. "It’s probably substantially lower than most clubs in this division, but we are progressing, we’re building in small steps.
"That’s perfect, that’s how I want to work and how the board want to work.
"My players are close, everybody can see that from the outside. Socially they bond well and family-wise they bond well. I don’t think there would be a hell of a lot of secrets in my dressing room, and I like it like that.
"We have to have a structure that keeps everybody competitive. You can’t have someone in the first team on £100 a week and someone on 40 grand a week. I’ve seen that before at football clubs and that leads to negativity and jealousy and we’ll avoid that at all costs."
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