BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall are being linked with a January move for Ben Marshall – but Lions chief Neil Harris reckons that other areas of the pitch could be a bigger priority.
The 27-year-old winger was an instant hit after joining the Lions just over 12 months ago.
And Millwall were ready to break their club record to land Marshall, only for Norwich City to come in late on offering a far bigger fee and wages.
But the former Blackburn Rovers and Wolves man has started just four of Norwich’s 22 Championship matches and was an unused substitute for the eighth successive time in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Bristol City.
Marshall has not played a minute since the end of August. For eight league fixtures he has not even made Daniel Farke’s matchday squad.
“Ben was fantastic for us last season,” said Harris. “He brought a wealth of Championship experience and quality as well to the squad – plus personality in the changing room.
“He is a player we tried to sign in the summer but couldn’t get because Norwich have got bigger finances.
“He is a player and person I admire. But I think at the moment that scoring goals and creating chances is not a problem – that is keeping the ball out of the net at the other end.
“There have been four or five away games where we have gone and dominated – Forest, Reading, Norwich and Preston – and not got the points.
“We are in the top three for creating chances in the division.”
Harris has warned he will make the changes needed to his side and squad to end their travel woes – only Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday have conceded as many away.
“If I want to change the shape and personnel then I have got no problems doing that,” he said. “That is not a threat to the group or broken promises, there’s no need for that.
“The reality is if the results don’t improve over the Christmas period then we need to add to our squad to try and be better. That is adding competition and maybe adding experience.”