Millwall boss has his say on recalling Ben Thompson from his Portsmouth loan

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

richard@slpmedia.co.uk

Ben Thompson will end his Portsmouth loan next week – with Neil Harris admitting the midfielder has been missed at Millwall.

The Lions are able to recall the 23-year-old after tomorrow’s FA Cup game for Pompey against Norwich City.  

Fred Onyedinma, Sid Nelson and Tom King have already headed back to Millwall as their futures are assessed by the Millwall boss.

Thompson has won rave reviews for the League One leaders. 

The Lions academy product has made 27 appearances this season – all but one of those for the South Coast outfit.

“Ben has done excellently at Portsmouth and played a lot of games,” said Harris. “I think we have really missed Ben Thompson during his time away. He certainly would have played a lot of games had he been here.

“It is a natural thing to bring Ben back after Saturday.

“All these boys are contracted to us. They are all great lads who are popular. It will be great to have them back in the building.

“A year in football is a hell of a long time and I’d like to see the players back for a few days as a minimum to train and play with us.  Then it is whether they are still wanted by us as a club at that moment or we decided to send them back, we can do either.

“It is not really a straightforward process. There are some serious thought processes to make sure these players develop and get what they need.

“I do feel I have been short of options this season and had my hands tied. It’s important we have a squad of players who I feel can compete.

“We are short of options at centre-forward and Fred has had a real good few months at Wycombe – he’ll come back fresh, bubbly and excited.

“All I’ve said to Wycombe is that Fred will be with us and we’ll see how the next few weeks unfold.”