On Wednesday Millwall completed their first signing of the summer, with winger David Worrall signing on a two year deal with the option of a third year later down the line. The right winger fills an obvious void on the right flank vacated by last seasons loanee Chris Taylor, suggesting Taylor will not be joining the club on a permanent basis. Having spent two years at previous club Southend United, making 84 appearances in all competitions Worrall was a regular in a side which had won promotion from League Two and cemented their place in League One last season. The winger also has a proven eye for goal, scoring 8 goals from the right side of midfield while playing under Phill Brown at Roots Hall.
Speaking for most of us from what I’ve read on Twitter, not many can remember the performances of Worrall during his time at Southend, however he fits the profile of player the club are looking for, being the age of 26 where you’d expect the best years of his career are still to come. It’s an obvious ploy by Harris, working with the Player Recruitment department the club are able to draw up a list of players based on requirements set by Harris and and the board. With age clearly being one factor, there seems to also be a plan on taking players who are on their way back up the football league so to speak. Looking back at last season with signings such as Joe Martin and Jordan Archer, both were players who had experienced a spell in League Two and earned their right of a chance in a higher division.
Instead of looking to players who are seemingly on their way down the football league, as a fan I’m completely for the idea of signing players such as David Worrall. While Taylor impressed in parts during his loan spell, I personally wouldn’t want a player who “accepts” to drop down a league from The Championship, purely because they couldn’t get a good deal in the higher division. Being 29 and turning 30 at the end of the year in December, you could argue Taylor is a player who has had their chance higher up and is now on the decline, whereas with a player like Worrall, he has already been further down than League One and is now on an upward trend in his own career. It can also be assumed financially Worrall fits into the club structure compared to Taylor, who more than likely would’ve been after a higher wage, some fans might think this is the cheap option, but being in League One we shouldn’t be looking to bend over backwards so to speak when signing players and offering new deals to current players.
In an interview immediately after signing Worrall, Harris was very quick to compare new signing Worrall to former loan winger Jed Wallace, a player who took to the club early on during his time with us, putting in some superb performances on the right side of midfield, known for his direct running and ability to put the ball in the box. “He adds something different to the team; the type of thing we saw a lot last season when we had Jed (Wallace) on loan.” A direct quote from Harris and a big comparison to make early on for Worrall, I have to admit at first when attempting to look for clips of Worrall I wasn’t convinced he was that type of player as described by Harris. However, when looking further into it, and also looking at the game Worrall had against us at The Den in Southend’s 2-0 win last season, I began to see what Worrall could actually bring to the side, below I’ve managed to put a segments of clips in, covering various aspects from Worrall’s play last season for Southend United in League One.
Of course any section of clips or highlights can make an average player look good, but watching these clips did make me change my opinion already of Worrall. At first I thought he was a Taylor type of winger, skilful on the ball but perhaps not having that extra pace Wallace brought to the team, just shows how much we know as fans right? I guess with any signing we’ve got to trust Harris’ judgement on players, Harris will have a plan for next season and Worrall clearly has a big part to play in that plan, a potential 3 year deal is a commitment to a player, so I expect Worrall will have a prominent role in the squad next season.
If we think back to last season, every signing we made either via loan or transfer played a positive part in our season, not one player sticks out as a poor signing and not being used in the team. The Player Recruitment Department clearly plays a big role in these signings, and when looking to last season since the department was formed we clearly have gained from this decision.
The only one negative which could be of note to Worrall signing is the potential impact this could have on the development of Fred Onyedinma, of course it’s expected that there will be competition for places in the side, but does Worrall signing perhaps suggest Onyedinma will have a bit part role next season in the squad? Perhaps an option which might be considered is a loan spell for Onyedinma where he is guaranteed football and will develop as a player, do I even dare mention another player in Paris Cowan-Hall? Another winger who still has a year on his existing deal in what could be his last make or break season while at the club?
It’s all getting exciting isn’t it? Roll on July! What is your thoughts on Worrall joining? Be sure to let me know.