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Opinion: Championship clubs should be on high-alert as Millwall defender’s future remains unclear

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Millwall right-back Mahlon Romeo embarked on a season-long loan move to Portsmouth at the start of the campaign, with the 26-year-old not emerging as part of the first-team plans with the Championship club.

Romeo has been terrific for Pompey since making his move to the south coast, starting every single game since his debut back in September.

The right-back’s consistently excellent performances have caught the eye of all at Fratton Park, with Danny Cowley admitting to the Portsmouth News that he did not expect that Romeo would be available for Portsmouth, before suggesting that it would be difficult to secure a permanent deal.

Romeo is a defensively competent full-back who tends to win the majority of one-on-one battles when faced up with an attacker, whilst he has proven to be physically dominant too.

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The 26-year-old also adds plenty of attacking drive to the right-back position, possessing the pace, dribbling ability and subsequent final third quality cause chaos down the right flank.

Consistently performing at a high level throughout this season, it remains to be seen what the future holds at Millwall for Romeo, but given Danny McNamara’s rise to first-team level, it would appear that he could struggle to nail down a regular starting spot, even after an excellent start to this season.

His performances would justify a Championship club moving for him, and it would be no surprise to see a second-tier side try their luck during the upcoming transfer window.

Looking at the Championship at present, Luton Town could be a potential suitor, with James Bree being the club’s only option at right-wing-back.

The Hatters currently have Peter Kioso out on loan with MK Dons, but they have left themselves with one out-and-out right-sided full-back.

Birmingham City could also be bolstered by the arrival of Romeo.

The right-wing-back is currently occupied by Jordan Graham, and whilst he has shown plenty of promise, he is much more effective in the attacking third.

Maxime Colin is currently sidelined and Romeo would provide excellent competition for a starting place in Bowyer’s current system.

Romeo is a player who is proving to be above League One level and should be afforded another chance in England’s second-tier.

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