Winless in six, dropped into the relegation zone, scoreless in four out of five away games this season and only picking up one point on the road so far, it hasn’t been a fun ride for Neil Harris this campaign and most certainly a world away from the performances produced at the back end of last season, but what’s gone so terribly wrong to lead to what doesn’t look like a blip.
Recruitment on the face of it has been done well, albeit losing out on Ben Marshall who was so crucial in the second half of last season, bringing in Czech International Jiri Skalak looked like a good acquisition who could prove as a direct replacement for Marshall, his minutes so far have been limited and it is questionable whether he fits Harris’ current style of play.
The loss of George Saville was also a blow with the Central Midfielder departing South London for Teesside outfit Middlesbrough, he was swiftly replaced however by Ryan Leonard from Sheffield Wednesday, another player that can fit an alternate passing and flowing game, eliminating the need to use long ball football, whether he can replace the goal threat Saville had though, remains to be seen.
Tom Bradshaw was the other notable signing made by the lions this summer, breaking their 29-year transfer record paying one-million-pounds for a player the very first time, when signing Bradshaw, Harris talked about his ability to “link-up play” and “He could provide a different dimension” to Millwall’s game, being taken off after 45 minutes away at QPR on Tuesday can’t have helped his confidence all that much though.
The main talking points about this season has been the team selection and a lack of a “Plan B”, picking the same old players and playing long ball, despite having the players now to play a more attractive style of football, but he doesn’t seem to want to adapt or change, Steve Morison, now at the age of 35, is not the kind of Striker you want to have to turn to week-in week-out. Aiden O’Brien, forced to play out wide a lot of the time due to the persistence of Harris’ 4-4-2 formation despite the fact he would thrive in a more central role, yet he appears to be oblivious.
Some supporters are unhappy, some loyal to the manager, but for me facts speak for themselves and you can only leave it so long before changing, as before you know it, the rot has set in and you could be on your way to relegation. I don’t think sacking him today is the right idea but if things haven’t changed by this time next month, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new man taking charge at The Den.
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