Fan's Roar: Could Powell be Millwall's new Hurlock?

By Rob Virtue on September 2, 2014 8:00 AM |

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by Ian Toal

We have got a new hero down at The Den, young midfielder Jack Powell, who has already been dubbed the Peckham Pirlo on one of the fanzine sites!

Powell has already made a couple of appearances in the League Cup this season but with Jimmy Abdou missing for last Saturday's home match versus Blackpool due to his grandfather's funeral in France, manager Ian Holloway decided to give a league debut to the 20 year-old midfielder.

In return Holloway got a great performance from the young lad who when substituted 10 minutes before the end, walked off to a standing ovation not heard at The Den in some time.

The crowd really appreciated his gutsy and skilful performance. Powell was everywhere, always looking to receive the ball, playing one-twos with other team mates and make numerous incisive passes throughout the game including the clever low-free-kick which Scott McDonald slammed home for our 33rd minute opening goal.

We had seen from Powell's previous appearances in the League Cup that he is a good passer of the ball, but he also has another side to his game in that he can put in a good strong tackle when required and looks to be able to impose himself on matches.

If Powell can keep his head screwed on and learn from his more experienced teammates we could well have a real gem that has come through our youth set-up.

Well, kind of come through our youth set-up, as he actually only joined our club just over a year ago from our arch rivals West Ham United.

His dominant midfield performance even had a slight resemblance to another former West Ham youth player who became a Millwall midfield legend, Terry Hurlock. If Powell becomes a Lions favourite like Hurlock he will have done very well indeed.

Scott McDonald probably had his best game in a Millwall shirt in the 2-1 victory against Blackpool.

We've waited for a while for McDonald to hit form, but he showed on Saturday that he can excel in this advanced midfield position. The Australian international really should be stamping his class on this division. If he can do that we could well be battling it out at the right end of the table this season.

Monday night saw the closing of the transfer window. In terms of permanent signings the transfer window threatened incomings for us, but like normal nothing came to fruition.

We were in for Sean Scannell of Huddersfield and even matched the asking price but The Terriers apparently backtracked and refused to let the player leave the club.

Instead we have now turned our attention to Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez, the former Blackpool and Espanyol youth player, who was having discussions with the club early this week. Holloway actually gave Martinez his Blackpool debut when he was manager there.

Last week we let 22 year old striker John Marquis join Cheltenham Town on a month's loan and moved to bring in Mathias Ranegie on loan until January from Watford. Ranegie played 30 minutes against Blackpool and the 6 foot 5 Swedish striker will be an interesting addition to the squad.

Hopefully we have found that goalscorer we have been searching for since Steve Morison left the club first time round.

Ian Toal is on the board of Millwall Supporters' Club