Praise for Millwall's Ben Thompson – and role of Portsmouth boss in his development

JED Wallace has praised Ben Thompson's impact since his return from Portsmouth – and Kenny Jackett for his role in his development. 

Thompson, 23, spent the first half of the season on loan at Pompey under former Lions boss Jackett, scoring twice in 19 league starts to help the side to the top of League One.

Midfielder Thompson was recalled in January, to the disappointment of Portsmouth fans, and has scored four goals in nine league games for the Lions.

He has played in an advanced midfield role, and his brace at Birmingham clinched three vital points for his side, before he scored Millwall's opener in their 3-2 defeat at Leeds on Saturday.

Wallace – who played for Jackett at Wolves – is pleased Thompson has been given his first-team chance.

"He’s hungry to do well, which is what you need, especially at this club," Wallace said. "I’ve always said that you’re only as good as they opportunities you’re given and for two years Thommo’s never let anyone down, in every cup game he’s been outstanding.

"He went away and played for Kenny, and I know Kenny well. He’s a great, great manager and someone who demands that you improve, especially physically.

"Thommo has gained that extra yard in pace, and he’s improved a lot."

Jed Wallace and Ben Thompson celebrate after the Lions' win at Birmingham: 

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly