Gary Rowett reveals when George Alexander could feature for Millwall's first-team

By Jake Sanders

GARY Rowett admitted that Millwall will have a big decision to make in regards to George Alexander, if the striker continues to keep scoring goals.

The 18-year-old, who was handed his Lions first-team debut in the defeat at Wigan Athletic on the final day of last season, has been in excellent form for Millwall's U23s this season, scoring nine goals, but hasn't been involved with the senior side this term, although he occasionally trains with them to make up the numbers.

"He is a goalscorer, he has had that impact on U23 games when we have watched the games," Rowett said. "I think perhaps it's easy to say with a young player, but physically, he isn't quite as developed as some of the players, but mentally, he gets the game.

"I signed his dad [Gary] at Burton and I know when you have got that type of lessons and when we you have watched that type of player over a period, you can see why he's so tactically well versed and why he knows where to put himself in the box to score goals.

"I think him, Billy [Mitchell], Junior [Tiensia] has done quite well. We have had some good performances when the lads have come up and trained, but again it is them taking that next step. I am a big one that you try to involve those players in the squad and training every day and when they get to the point where they're starting to cope and they're doing against the first-team players what they do against the U23s players then that is the time to start getting them involved.

"I think here more so than anywhere else, because we are low on numbers, but at the minute, he has been playing well for the 23s and is developing really well and the next question for him will be if he keeps scoring, does he come into the first-team or do we try and accelerate that process and don't think he's quite ready by trying to get him out on loan and see how well he does there.

"It's a difficult answer to question after four weeks, but he is certainly progressing really well alongside two or three others."

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