Millwall boss reveals change in picking his side – and approach to West Brom EFL Cup clash

NEIL Harris has explained there will be a slight shift in how he approaches picking his starting XI this season.

Since he took over in 2015 Harris has been renowned for making few changes to his line-ups. In the 2017-18 season when Millwall surged towards the play-offs late on in the campaign Harris picked the same team for 11 successive games.

But he feels he has a more competitive squad this term and that will be reflected in the sides he selects.

Harris will use the EFL Cup tie at West Brom next week to rotate his team and include those that have yet to feature in the league.

New midfield recruit Jayson Molumby could also play against the Baggies.

“Hopefully he’ll get some minutes against West Brom in the [EFL] Cup. I don’t think he’ll be fit for West Brom away [in the Championship] Saturday,” Harris said.

“We’re looking at using the West Brom League Cup game almost like a pre-season [game] for some other lads to get minutes and then come off and feature after that.

“That team I picked [Saturday] won’t necessarily be the team I pick next weekend, even for a manager that likes to pick a settled team.

“That won’t be the case this season. I will pick a team to win every game and if a player comes in and does well and doesn’t play the following game, there’s no argument with me and the player, that’s just the way it is. You come in the next game or the game after that.

“When you’re 1-0 up with 10 or 20 minutes to go and you look at the bench and you can bring on the likes of Ryan Leonard and Tom Bradshaw who we paid over £1million for, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Jiri Skalak who has been class over pre-season, Shane Ferguson, how good was he last year, Tom Bradshaw, Shaun Hutchinson, who’s back at his best, the goalkeeper [Bialkowski], we’re in a fortunate position at the moment and that’s the competitiveness I want in the group.”

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John Kelly