The 31-year-old has made just four starts in the Championship this season for Leeds s it’s no surprise he’s taken up the opportunity to go and play for a side where he’s more likely to get regular game time over the rest of the season.
Millwall have slipped just inside the bottom three in the Championship and are just two points away from safety.
Ian Holloway’s motive for signing the midfielder could have been to simply inject some experience into his team.
He may feel that the East Londoners need an extra calm head in the middle of their side when they’re under pressure and facing challenges from higher quality teams.
It may be the case he just wants to keep things fresh, rotate his squad and have another option to guard against the possibility of fatigue as the season rolls on.
From the player’s point of view, he can use the spell to make a point to any critics he had at Elland Road.
It’s also important to note that this deal isn’t a permanent one and therefore, he has the chance to show Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn that he can still have an impact in the Championship.
What better way to do just that than to try and prevent a side in a fairly similar position to Leeds, from dropping down a division.
Here’s what Millwall fans had to say about their latest signing on Twitter.
To sign someone like Michael Tonge, either Nicky Bailey is going or his injury will keep him out longer than planned.— BermondseyBoy (@Bermondsey1885) February 2, 2015
Holloway sees Tonge playing the Nicky Bailey role. Bailey still sidelined with his troublesome calf.— Alex Aldridge (@accordingtoaldo) February 2, 2015
Looks like Holloway's made a slip of the Tonge— This is Millwall (@ThisIsMillwall) February 2, 2015
Can only imagine Holloway thinks Tonge is needed to replace jimi....very strange— Millwall halfwayline (@millwalljdb) February 2, 2015
Tonge's a solid battling centre midfielder. Good signing. However if he's not good enough for Leeds, is he good enough for us? #millwall— Mikey (@mikeymfc9) February 2, 2015
Everyone going on about signing Michael Tonge, maybe he's really good at gardening— Sam Poolton (@spamvicious) February 2, 2015