Isaac Olaofe and Tyler Burey have been challenged to boost their prospects of being in Millwall’s first-team picture by scoring double figures in League Two this season.
Olaofe, 20, scored Sutton United’s winner on Saturday after his relentless hounding of the Tranmere defence paid off.
The Lewisham-born striker has four goals in nine appearances for the Yellows.
Burey, also 20, had scored three times in seven matches on loan at Hartlepool but a major hamstring injury is likely to rule him out until around Christmas.
“I saw Isaac’s goal and it was fabulous pressing from the front,” said Millwall manager Gary Rowett. “It is the sort of thing we speak to our strikers about – to almost give defenders no time on the ball.
“He has the pace and enthusiasm to want to stop defenders playing out and it was a nice finish as well.
“Isaac has done really well, as did Tyler when he went out. It gives us two young forwards who are both quick and both powerful. Both have got different qualities who could come back into our team next season.
“Danny McNamara came back in the January [from a loan at St Johnstone] and we felt he could go straight into the team, whereas Tanto and Tyler have to bypass four or five senior strikers to do that.
“Do you bring them back, give them a chance but they might then potentially not be in the squad? Or do you leave them playing and developing, knowing they’ll be a little bit further on in the summer?
“It’s about confidence. Can they go and score double figures? A young mobile striker who scores double figures in League Two, you’re always going to give them a chance.
“Certainly in the long term those two are really exciting prospects for our forward line.”
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