The emergence of Powell at Millwall is worth celebrating

Jack Powell. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

Jack Powell. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

First published in Sport News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Millwall columnist

Another win at the weekend and things are looking rosy at the moment in SE16.

It wasn't a very convincing win, even though we were 2-0 up at one point, but Blackpool were very poor and it was easy to see why they are struggling at the moment.

That being said, they could well have equalised in the last ten minutes if it wasn't for some good defending by the Lions.

Despite the transfer window being disappointing for Millwall fans, closing yet again without any exciting signings, there has certainly been something to be pleased about in the last week or so.

OK, so we lost our League Cup game against Southampton, who were then drawn away to Arsenal in the next round, but a few of the youngsters got to stretch their legs in front of the home crowd.

The most impressive so far has been Jack Powell.

Powell has been doing really well in the youth squad under the guidance of Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald and breaking into the first team has to be the most refreshing thing the fans have seen in a long while.

The last couple of seasons we have been fielding mostly either has beens who have seen their better days a few seasons ago, or prima-donnas who feel they are too good for the biggest small club in the world.

But Powell and a few of the youngsters coming through are not only fresh faced and hungry for first team football, they are proud to be Lions.

Powell’s emergence also means a bit of congestion in the midfield area, so some will have to go out on loan. Maybe Josh Wright?

We have got one new signing, Angel Martinez, a free agent after leaving Blackpool this summer who joined yesterday.

He is a 28-year-old former Spanish U21 midfielder who has also played for Espanyol and Girona.

Martinez knows Ollie from his days in charge at Blackpool and has stayed in touch with him since he left Blackpool.

They reached the Championship play-off final at Wembley together and Martinez is hoping the same will happen with the Lions.

We’ve had another new face down the training ground.

Jermaine Pennant has been training with the lads, but the club have said that is all it will be.

I never have understood why clubs allow players to use their facilities they are not going to sign.

Anyway, ten points so far this season is great considering where we have been in recent times, so hopefully things are on the up.

There is a break this weekend from domestic football, so it will be over a week until our next game which is Ipswich away.

Let’s hope Carlos Edwards can do well against his old club.

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