No matter which outcome we have in the coming weeks, the January 2017 transfer window will forever be known as the Jed Wallace to Millwall window. Much like how the summer window of 2015 will be remembered for whether James Hanson would sign for the club from Bradford City.
Out of favour under new management with current club Wolves, Jed Wallace has been made available for transfer by current manager Paul Lambert, with the club said to be keen to get the player off their wage bill and bring in new signings.
Having enjoyed a successful loan spell with The Lions this time last year, enjoyed by both the player and us fans. Rumours as expected are floating of our interest to bring the player back to the club for a second spell.
Manager Neil Harris has also admitted his admiration for last seasons loanee, but won’t be drawn into conversation of whether the club have registered a bid for the player. However, being made available on the market, the club surely will have registered interest in a player who contributed greatly in such a short spell in SE16.
Wallace’s arrival seemed to coincide with the up-turn in form for Millwall, coming straight into the side for an out of form Onyedinma at the time and making the position his own from the very beginning.
During Wallace’s stint with Millwall, of the 12 games he had started in the league, we only lost on one occasion, also winning 7 times. Wallace had also contributed with 5 assists and a single goal to his name, most notably of the assists, most were in the build up to goals scored by Lee Gregory.
As mentioned above Gregory had benefited massively from Wallace’s superb delivery of the ball, by instinct Wallace just knew exactly where to put the ball for Gregory, and the striker found himself on the end of countless deliveries from the right side.
I think the video above covers all you need to remember from Wallace’s loan spell last season. Scoring goals haven’t been a problem this season, however despite the improvement and promise shown by Onyedinma on the right hand, the addition of Wallace add’s another element to our attack.
It does beg the question, if Wallace signs does this hold back the progress and first team exposure Onyedinma has had in recent weeks? What happens to David Worrall, a summer signing who has slowly found a place in the first XI hard to come by.
I would like to see more of Onyedinma further up the field, the player himself admits that the wing is not his natural position. With the capability to mix his play up, playing through the middle in attack could be a long term option for the youngster. Competition for places is also valuable in a side who want to be challenging for promotion.
Personally, I believe Millwall would be stupid to turn down the chance to re-sign Jed Wallace. Still only 22 years of age and already showing he is more than capable for this level, in a market where prices will only continue to go up, a hefty profit in the future for a player of his calibre is almost guaranteed.
The only stumbling block we can all agree on, is how much money will Wallace cost if signed on a permanent deal. With our record transfer still Paul Goddard’s move to the club in 1989 totaling 800 thousand, will the board need to break the record to fork out for a player like Wallace?
I ran a poll last night, and results suggest the club might just have to spend some money if we really want Wallace:
Will we get Wallace? I think we will, I believe the club would work tirelessly to get a player we know won’t be a let down if signed. Knowing Millwall however, a potential loan for the rest of the season might also be a distinct possibility.