Millwall boss Gary Rowett gives verdict on West Brom loanee – and discusses whether other deals were on the go before transfer deadline

BY DANIEL MARSH

Millwall’s new loan signing Kenneth Zohore is set to make his debut at some point this week.

The Danish forward, 26, joined on a temporary deal from Premier League West Brom until mid-January for the Lions on Friday. He wasn’t registered in time to make an appearance at Wycombe on Saturday.

But Lions boss Gary Rowett has confirmed that Zohore is “certain” to have at least some involvement this week.

“Kenneth obviously hasn’t played much,” Rowett said when discussing his new striker after the Wycombe victory.

“I think he came off the back of an eight-week injury and he’s only trained for five or six days. I think what’s important is that when Kenneth’s ready then he’s got a chance to do himself justice. Certainly I think he’ll be involved this week, whether it’s on Tuesday or Saturday. But we’ll only really be able to assess that when we go into Monday’s training.

“We want to try and add quality to our team and to try and have different ways of winning games. Kenneth’s shown that if we can get him in the right kind of environment and the right type of team and get him feeling good about himself again, he’s a top-class striker. I don’t think in the Championship you can ever have enough top-class strikers, certainly at a club like Millwall where it’s difficult to try and attract that type of player. For us to get him until January we’re delighted.”

Millwall were linked with a move for another central midfielder, with the possibility of Ben Thompson being allowed to go out on loan to Portsmouth if it were to materialise.

But Millwall’s main priority was always adding another attacking player to their mix, with Rowett downplaying any further activity from the club on deadline day when asked if the Lions went close to any further additions.

“Not really – we always just wanted to bring [another] attacking player into the squad. I didn’t think we’d be able to do it, but certainly I’m very pleased that our owner has backed us in what’s a difficult time for everyone. But he’s supported the team to try and make it better which I’m hugely grateful for.”


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