Millwall will make signing a new goalkeeper their top priority this summer following David Martin’s switch to West Ham United and Hull City freebie David Marshall could provide them a potential solution.
The Lions head into the summer without a recognised goalkeeper. They allowed Jordan Archer to leave at the end of his contract, while Ben Amos returned to parent club Bolton Wanderers following his loan deal.
Martin, Millwall’s regular number one, was also out of contract this summer and, despite the club’s intentions to pin him down to a new contract, the experienced goalkeeper opted to join West Ham on a two-year deal.
The Hammers already have Adrian and Lukasz Fabianksi as two top goalkeepers competing for the number one spot. But there is an increasing trend in the Premier League of clubs signing experienced third-choice keepers.
Martin follows in the footsteps of Manchester United’s Lee Grant and Chelsea’s Rob Green, with the latter capping off this season by lifting the Europa League title with the Blues despite never featuring.
Martin’s exit leaves Millwall boss Neil Harris with work to do this summer, but Hull’s David Marshall could be an excellent replacement and the experienced Scot is out of contract with the Tigers this summer.
Hull have opted against extending his contract according to the Hull Daily Mail, and boss Nigel Adkins opted to hand the number one jersey to George Long for the final three games of the campaign, seemingly confirming Marshall’s exit this summer.
Marshall has spent three seasons at Hull after joining from Cardiff City. At 34, he has at least another two years at Championship level and he would bring plenty of experience at The Den.
Millwall were ponderous at the back this past season, conceding 64 goals as they finished 21st. Harris would be wise to bring in a keeper with top experience as the Lions could be in for another struggle next season.
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