, Opinion: 22-year-old could be Neil Harris’ perfect Millwall centre-back after latest loan success

Opinion: 22-year-old could be Neil Harris’ perfect Millwall centre-back after latest loan success

Millwall have seen Alex Mitchell come through the youth ranks but at 22 and with 100 senior appearances to his name, he’s yet to make a Lions breakthrough.

Millwall sent Mitchell on another loan away from The Den at the start of the season. Following spells with Bromley, Leyton Orient and St. Johnstone, League One side Lincoln City recruited him on a season-long deal last August.

Since then, the centre-back has become a regular for the Imps. Mitchell has played 30 times for Michael Skubala’s side across all competitiions and has started all but one third-tier game since the turn of the year, only missing the 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town after a controversial sending off against Burton Albion in the game prior.

In these nine outings, Lincoln City have lost just one while keeping six clean sheets. Mitchell has been a key part of that, and that has to be a message to parent club Millwall that he’s ready for a role in South London.

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The signs were there from early for Mitchell. He caught the eye in a brief National League stint at Bromley and in League Two and the Scottish Premiership, the Millwall loanee has been able to settle and have a positive impact. That has proven to be the case once more at Sincil Bank, so the time has come for him to get a shot in the Championship.

With Neil Harris now at the helm, the Englishman might just be able to prove himself as the new boss’ ideal centre-back.

Mitchell offers a powerful presence at the back, helping him win both ground and aerial duels. For his loan clubs, he’s shown a real determination and thrives in battling for the badge and holding firm when presented with tough challenges.

Those traits must appeal to Harris, whose close affiliation with Millwall and focus on motivation and man management sees him look to get the most out of every player. Mitchell will give him exactly that, and combined with a hunger to prove himself at The Den after a handful of loans, that could see him become a real star for the Lions.

For now, Mitchell’s full focus will be on ending the season well with Michael Skubala’s Lincoln City. However, should Harris remain at the helm for the foreseeable, the defender might have a great chance of becoming a Millwall mainstay in the not-too-distant future

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