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George Saville has found his own way to promotion push with Millwall

The Northern Ireland midfielder has been in fine form for Millwall this season.

Mathew Nash

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Wolves look destined to play in the Premier League next season.

Backed by funding from Fosun International and a link with Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes plenty of top talent has found its way to Molineux, helping Nuno Espirito Santo guide Wolves to the top of the Championship.

But the arrival of a litany of new faces saw many players cast aside by Wolves. One such player who was essentially made redundant by the new influx of players was George Saville.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: George Saville of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County at Molineux on February 27, 2016 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

The Northern Ireland international joined Wolves from Chelsea in 2014. The midfielder showed plenty of promise on loan at Brentford the season before, convincing Wolves to snap him up permanently.

Despite having his best year yet in a Wolves shirt last season, featuring 29 times in all competitions, Saville decided to leave the club with competition fierce in central midfield.

Wolves’ loss has since been Millwall’s gain. The 24-year-old had spent two previous loan spells on loan at The Den so it was no surprise to see him make a permanent switch to the London side.

Newly promoted to the Championship, Saville was signed to help Neil Harris’ side stave off relegation.

HULL, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Jarrod Bowen of Hull City (L) runs past George Saville (R) of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Millwall FC at KCOM Stadium on March 6, 2018 in Hull, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

However, Millwall’s campaign has taken many by surprise.

They have played their way into play-off contention with a fantastic run of form since the turn of the year and are now just two places and one point off the play-off spots in the Championship.

Saville has been key to their success. The midfielder has played 40 times in the Championship this season and scored 10 goals, cementing his place as one of the key midfield operators in the league this season.

Wolves are going up. It would take something very dramatic to stop them doing so. Millwall however, should not be discounted. If they do, then credit will be due to Saville for finding his own route to the Premier League away from his former club.

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Millwall must ensure they receive a fair price for George Saville

Millwall should not look to sell the midfielder for anything less than £7 million.

Mathew Nash

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Millwall are reportedly facing a battle to keep hold of midfielder George Saville this summer. According to the Daily Mail, the likes of Leeds United, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United are all interested in snapping up the midfield maestro this week.

Millwall paid Wolves £350,000 for the midfielder last summer and he had an incredible first season with the club. He scored 10 goals and played 45 times for the club, providing the necessary consistency the Lions needed last term. His form, along with others, left Millwall agonisingly short of the play-off places.

He again impressed on the opening day against Middlesbrough, as Millwall came up short in a 2-2 draw.

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Saville, a former Chelsea youth product, is clearly a top talent that Millwall will want to hold on to. However, the three clubs interested in the Northern Ireland international are big clubs who could lure him away with the right project.

Millwall though will need to ensure they are paid the fair amount. They recently refused to sell, Jake Cooper to Rangers this summer. The latest bid in that pursuit was said to be £3 million. If Millwall will not let Cooper go at that price, then they will want at least double for Saville.

If they don’t, then they should. He is one of the top central midfielders in the division and has two years left on his current contract.

If Millwall do decide to let Saville go, it should be for at least 20 times as much as they paid for him 12 months ago.  

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Three reasons Antonee Robinson’s Wigan loan is a smart move for his Everton career

The 20-year-old will continue his development in the Championship.

Max Cohen

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On Friday, Everton confirmed 20-year-old full-back Antonee Robinson would be joining Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan, and also extended his contract at Goodison Park for three more years.

The joint announcement of his contract extension and the loan deal should come as welcome news to the American international; here are three reasons it will benefit his long-term Everton career.

Robinson will get much-needed playing time

After the arrival of fellow left back Lucas Digne from Barcelona this week, it was clear Robinson would find first-team appearances extremely hard to come by at Goodison Park next season.

Behind both Digne and Leighton Baines, it was the right decision to make the season-long switch to Wigan, where Robinson will be granted far more opportunities than at his parent club.

As a 20-year-old, playing time is vital to his development, and a move to the DW Stadium will result in substantial progression for the American.

Robinson will be entering a similar environment to where he succeeded last year

The left-back spent the 2017/18 campaign at loan with Bolton Wanderers and enjoyed great success, making 30 league appearances and providing four assists.

Bolton had just been promoted from League One, the exact same situation Wigan find themselves in now. Robinson will be returning to a familiar position for the Championship newcomers, and he possesses the knowledge of how to keep a team up in the second division while thriving on the left side of defence.

Following Baines’ retirement, Robinson could be set to challenge for a first-team role

Leighton Baines appears to be nearing the end of his Everton career, and Antonee Robinson could be set to make a case to challenge with Lucas Digne for the left back spot in the coming years.

With a new three-year contract, the Toffees have shown they have faith in the 20-year-old. If he can impress further at Wigan this season, Robinson could join Marco Silva’s squad next year and battle for a prominent role.

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One winner and loser as Sheffield United sign Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn

Sheffield United have signed the talented Liverpool youngster on a season-long loan.

Liam Thomas

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Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield United have completed the signing of talented Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn on a season-long loan.

Many thought this would be the season for Woodburn to push into the first team at Anfield. However, after the arrival of midfield duo Naby Keita and Fabinho, the 18-year-old’s game time would have been limited.

The talented youngster has been subject to a lot of interest this summer and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp only wanted the midfielder to leave on loan if he were assured the game time he needs to progress into the next stage of his blossoming career.

Here, at The Boot Room, we take a look at one winner and loser from this season-long loan deal.

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Winner – Ben Woodburn

Woodburn will finally be given a chance to have a good run of games, and there’s no better playground than the Championship to hone and develop your skills as a young footballer.

At 18 years of age, the Welsh international still has time on his side and a season in the Championship will only benefit him and his career.

Jurgen Klopp will of had to of been reassured that Woodburn would be given a sufficient amount of game time to let him leave on loan and this is only a positive factor for the Liverpool youngster heading into the new Championship season.

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Loser – Aston Villa

Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa were front runners earlier this week to sign Woodburn on a season-long loan from Liverpool, according to the Telegraph.

However, Liverpool have favoured Sheffield United over Villa as the club to nurture their youngster and to lose out on Woodburn’s signature will come as a real blow to the Midlands club.

It is still unclear as to why Reds boss Jurgen Klopp chose for Woodburn to join the Sheffield side over Villa. However, it could have something to do with the ongoing Jack Grealish saga.

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