Millwall ramped up transfer tempo to bring in winger – and he had been loan target in the past

BY RICHARD CAWLEY
richard@slpmedia.co.uk

Connor Mahoney became Millwall’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window this week – with boss Neil Harris claiming he will be a great supply line for the club’s strikers.

The 22-year-old winger has cost the Lions a seven-figure sum from AFC Bournemouth and penned a long-term contract.

Mahoney will be one of the men tasked with bringing the best out of giant targetman Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw.

“I tried to sign Connor before on loan,” said Harris. “We have paid a transfer fee for a player who is at a really good age. He played exceptionally well for Birmingham [on loan] in the Championship and has been at a Premier League club in terms of his training environment.

“He is a boy that carries the ball effortlessly up the pitch and is comfortable with either foot – whether that is crossing or shooting. He takes corners with either foot and that is quite special technically, to be able to do that.

“I think he is one who the fans will enjoy watching. Millwall fans like their wingers to get up the pitch and cross the ball. He works hard without the ball. He ticks all the boxes.

“He was a player who we upped the tempo of getting because we need ones who will put balls in the box. Connor will definitely do that.

“He can play down both sides and that makes him very difficult to mark. We found that out at The Den last season, because he goes either way.”

Harris was not expecting to add to his squad before our paper went to press yesterday. Millwall fly out to Portugal today for a week-long training camp.

“We were hoping to have one more in the building before Portugal but a couple of things we were working on have slowed down,” said the Millwall manager. “It’s frustrating. You are nearly there and it slows down.

“We need another goalkeeper. We need another centre-forward and we’re working tirelessly to get them in. James Brown’s injury is a long lay-off, so we need to bring a right-back in. We need a central midfielder.

“So straightaway there are positions we want to fill – and we will. Then we have to be reactive to who goes out of building, because we need to replace them and make sure the squad is big enough.

“Players won’t leave unless it is right for the football club. We are mindful we need to bring in players to replace them.”

Tom Elliott has suffered a grade one hamstring strain and will not travel to Portugal.

PICTURES BY BRIAN TONKS

2 thoughts on “Millwall ramped up transfer tempo to bring in winger – and he had been loan target in the past

  • 12th July 2019 at 8:36 am
    Permalink

    “We need a central midfielder” according to Harris – so why did he get rid of the best one we had on a free to Luton.
    Kept Williams but got rid of Tunnicliffe – he hasnt got a clue – maybe not a strong enough Southend connection – or maybe he was too hard to manage and disnt want to leave Leonard out!!

    Reply
    • 12th July 2019 at 10:40 am
      Permalink

      because tunnicliffe offered nothing just looked like he worked hard and passed it sideways.
      Williams is much better on the ball despite being too casual at times.
      We have signed well and will end a great deal higher this year.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *