Millwall manager Ian Holloway thinks that Nelson, who skippered the under-21s last year, could prove to be ‘the future of the club’.
The Lions boss could be right. The 18-year-old defender has been given the chance in the first team in two pre-season friendlies and he certainly took it. Nelson made some crunching tackles in the two games he has featured in, and has shown that defending isn’t the only side to his game. The centre half made some chances for Millwall with long balls forward, which they almost scored, in the game against Stevenage. Also, whilst playing at right-back against Dartford, he made some bombing runs down the wing into space, creating even more opportunities for The Lions.
In an interview with NewsAtDen, Holloway said “Sid was absolutely terrific. I’d seen that from him in training. That’s why he played on Saturday and that’s why Paul Robinson and Danny Shittu played at Bromley instead. They are both great professionals but who is the future of this club? They are both out-of-contract next summer, so am I going to keep them or bring Sid through?
When the boss was asked if Nelson could cut it in the Championship he said “I might be formulating my plans for Sid as we speak. But when someone like that comes through I have to decide whether he is better than the senior players ahead of him. It’s all about their development, so some of the young ones will be loaned out. What I want to do is make them my commandos of the future so that they are strong and brave enough to play for Millwall.”
“I want us to be a formidable unit in the future so my focus is on the younger group,”