Will Wolves denying Derby's Ben Marshall move aid their title push?

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates at the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton...

Derby County were hoping to loan Ben Marshall from Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers but the winger has joined Millwall instead.

Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolves may have an 11-point gap at the top of the Championship table but Derby County are still chugging along behind.

Stranger things have happened and, while Wolves have looked like Champions since the first ball was kicked in August, one difficult run of results could turn this seemingly foregone conclusion into something resembling a title race. So it was a sensible move for Wolves to send Ben Marshall to Millwall rather than Derby.

Enigmatic winger Marshall barely got a look in under Nuno Espirito Santo this season, featuring in just nine Championship games, and has now followed former Wolves winger Jed Wallace (below) to the Den in the hope of getting his career back on track.

Jed Wallace of Millwall in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Millwall and Northampton Town at The Den on April 14, 2017 in London, England.

The 26-year-old might not have made much of an impact at Molineux but he is a fine winger at Championship level who has thrived at Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers.

Marshall, then, could have been a great addition for a Derby side who lost Johnny Russell to the MLS and failed to replace him with deals for Ademola Lookman and James McClean coming to nothing.

It was reported as far back as November via The Sun (26 November, page 69) that Derby were keen to rescue Marshall from the Black Country 12 months after Paul Lambert brought him over from Blackburn.

Ben Marshall of Blackburn Rovers celebrates after scoring their third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United at Ewood Park on September 17,...

But how on earth would Wolves possibly benefit from strengthening their closest challengers for the Championship title?

Sending Marshall to mid-table Millwall instead could put Wolves one step closer to promotion.

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