Transfer clock ticking for Jackett

Last updated : 02 February 2009 By Van Blerk's Crossing
Kenny Jackett's bold decision not to bring in cover for centre halves Zak Whitbread and Paul Robinson could come back to haunt him following Robinson's foot injury on Saturday that could see The Lions captain out of action of up to two months.

The Millwall boss has been walking a tightrope all season, preferring to seek alternative options elsewhere instead of reinforcing the heart of defence, with Andy Frampton and Tony Craig seen as short-term stop gaps when required.

As mentioned previously on Millwall Mad, when Mark McGhee won the Second Divison Championship in 2001 he had six centre halves at his disposal, not including Matt Lawrence who would later play in the middle of the defence alongside Darren Ward. Jacektt on the other hand has just two.

The Lions have already been linked with Portsmouth defender Richard Duffy, who could come to The Den on loan, but more is required. If Jackett really wants to prove his worth and take Millwall up this season he really needs to sign another centre half on a full-time basis instead of relying on short-term cover or two left-backs filling in as and when.