Whilst Wolves have romped away with the Championship this season, there’s may not be the biggest story from the second-tier this season. Millwall look like they could be the extraordinary tale of the 2017-18 season. Despite nobody tipping them to do so, the London side are currently in the play-off places after an exceptional second-half of the season.
Neil Harris has led his side of misfits and outcasts to an incredible run of form and Millwall are now firm promotion candidates.
But the two events should not be considered mutually exclusive.
Wolves’ rise to the top of the Championship table has come at a cost for many players. The Fosun era at Molineux saw the club sign some of the best talent the Championship has ever seen.
The problem this presented for several Wolves players, however, was simple – where would they go?
Millwall have certainly taken full advantage of that situation. Firstly there is the midfield pair of Jed Wallace and George Saville.
Both were signed from Wolves as first-team opportunities at the club dried up with the influx of new recruits. The pair, who are both young combatant midfielders, have become key members of the Millwall team. Wallace has played 40 times in the Championship this season, scoring six times and registering nine assists. Saville has performed just as well. In 43 league games, he has 10 goals and one assist.
Then there is Ben Marshall. Paul Lambert brought Marshall to Wolves last January. When he was replaced by Nuno Espirito Santo and a whole heap of Jorge Mendes lads started arriving, Marshall was pushed down the pecking order.
In January, he headed to Millwall on loan and has been in great form since. The 27-year-old has three goals and five assists in just 13 appearances.
Put those totals together and the trio of Wolves rejects have contributed 19 goals and 15 assists to the Millwall cause this season.
Whilst many of the teams in the Championship have moaned about Wolves’ apparent transfer disparity, Millwall have taken full advantage of it.
The end result could see Neil Harris’ side joining Wolves in the Premier League next season.