The Lions Roar: Time to bid for Kiwi striker?
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
What a great result last Saturday against Huddersfield Town. We turned over the Yorkshire team who have been in good form this season 4-0 and in doing so kept our first clean sheet of the season.
After waiting 14 games to get that first clean sheet, things are finally starting to look up for us.
We had to ride our luck a bit in the first half after presenting Town with a few chances but come the second half we were much more solid at the back. That is a lot to do with the centre-back pairing of stand-in skipper Danny Shittu and Sheffield Wednesday on loan defender Mark Beevers.
Shittu has been immense at the back. I'm struggling to remember anyone who heads the ball clear further than him.
It will be interesting to see if manager Kenny Jackett extends Beevers stay as we now have Shane Lowry back from suspension and although he covered at left back against The Terriers, his best position is centre-half.
But skipper Paul Robinson is still a long way off being fit so Jackett might like to keep Beevers for at least another month.
At the other end of the pitch, the two strikers occupying the starting positions are on top of their games.
Chris Wood has been grabbing the headlines with a brace in both of our last two games against former club Birmingham City and again against Huddersfield Town.
He has been quoted as saying he would love to join Millwall permanently as he is down the pecking order at West Bromwich Albion.
The trouble is West Brom are reported as valuing the 20 year old at nearly £1m. That would break our record transfer fee and is a massive gamble for a club who has to manage their player budget carefully.
But he is a big presence up front and is at such a young age you would only expect him to improve and most importantly he already scores goals at this level. You would hope in two or three years time he would be worth even more money so will be a good investment for the club.
A few of our supporters are starting to worry that we will have another Puncheon situation on our hands where a player does so well on loan that his value increases beyond what we can afford.
With Wood out of contract in the summer and his transfer fee then being set by a tribunal, I expect any offers from Millwall to reflect that situation and fully expect them to try and bring down the up-front transfer fee by offering add-ons and a sell-on clause.
But by scoring at this level this will also attract the attention of other clubs who may pounce if we delay in our efforts to secure the Kiwi hitman.