Millwall have had an excellent campaign. Now the Lions are eight games unbeaten and recently moved up to to 10th in the Championship table. Whisper it if you dare, but the play-offs are not out of sight for Neil Harris’ in form side.
One player who has played a pivotal role in their rise is Australian defender James Meredith. The 29-year-old joined Millwall in the summer on a free transfer after his deal at Bradford City had come to an end.
Since then the Australian international has played every single game of Millwall’s championship campaign and established himself as one of the Championship’s most consistent left-backs.
For Leeds United fans it must be a painful pill to swallow. The West Yorkshire side have been linked with Meredith in the past. Back in January of last year, and with six months remaining on his Bradford deal, Leeds were linked with a move for Meredith. The Daily Star claimed an offer of £350,000 could be upcoming for the player.
Leeds were planning for a future without Charlie Taylor, who was refusing to sign a new deal himself at Elland Road. Meredith however stuck with Bradford and tried to earn promotion with the Bantams. After they failed to make it back to the second-tier, Millwall swooped in.
Leeds must now wish they had followed up their interest in the Australian. Whilst Meredith has been a stable and constant source of consistency Leeds have struggled with the position.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, signed on loan from Manchester United was not up to the task. His loan deal was cancelled in January. It seems January recruit Laurens De Bock may not be the answer. The Belgian struggled with form and is now expected to be out until next month with a hamstring injury.
Whilst Leeds’ play-off hopes lie in absolute tatters, Meredith is helping Millwall dare to dream in the race for Premier League football.
If only Leeds had got their man when they wanted him, things could have been different.