Ben Thompson, a Millwall midfielder who is on loan at Portsmouth, has admitted that he would prefer to stay at Portsmouth for the remainder of the season rather return to Millwall.
The midfielder was sent on a season long loan to the League One side in the summer but manager Neil Harris can recall him if he decides to during the January transfer window.
With Shaun Williams injured, there have been speculations in the media that Millwall will look to recall Thompson in January to help with the injury crisis at the club. Williams picked up a nasty injury to his ankle recently and is expected to be out till the New Year.
Whilst it’s not exactly like Millwall will be playing Barcelona in the Champions League, they still have some really important games coming up in January – and with the team currently fighting for the automatic promotion spots behind Leeds and Norwich, Thompson may well be needed. With fans currently scrambling to get home tickets at Livefootballtickets.com for their crunch match against Leeds at the start of February.
Thompson has flourished at Portsmouth since arriving in the summer, making a total of 22 appearances so far. He became an instant hit with the Fratton Park faithful after a string of phenomenal performances. However, he hasn’t had much luck in front of goal, scoring just once, the opening goal during the 4-0 dismantling of National League side Maidenhead United in the FA Cup first round last month.
Speaking to Portsmouth News, the English midfielder said, “The start of the season has been enjoyable and I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t want to stay. To be honest, it’s completely out of my hands as it’s not something I can choose. If I had a choice, I would probably stay here and stay for the title push”, he added.
The player was only able to make five starts for Millwall last season, all five coming in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup and Thompson is grateful for the opportunity given to him by former Millwall manager Kenny Jackett. Thompson had nothing but praise for the manager, saying he has learnt a lot from him and he had helped him mature as a player.