IN THE KNOW
Neil Fissler reports all the latest hot gossip from the transfer market
LIAM TROTTER - The Millwall midfielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career.
Shane Supple – Retired He was with me at Ipswich when we won the FA Youth Cup in 2005. He retired at 21 or 22 because he fell out of love with the game but he would have been a top keeper and probably the Republic of Ireland No 1. He’s the best keeper I’ve played with – mature beyond his years and very athletic.
Scott Barron - Brentford He’s just one of the lads, and also one of my best friends in football. He’s a top lad and a top defender. He gets forward, he’s attacking – but he’s mainly in there because he’s my mate.
Kyle Walker – Tottenham I played against him when he was at Sheffield Utd. He was only 18 but you could already see then that with his pace and his ability on the ball he was going to be a decent player. He’s gone on to be right back for England so that speaks for itself.
Danny Shittu – Millwall An absolute monster and he scares all the centre forwards. He’s a great guy and a captain and above that a quality player. He wins everything in the air, he’s as strong as an ox and back in his day he could play a bit too, but not so much any more! Ivan Campo – Retired I played with him at Ipswich and his career speaks for itself. He played for Real Madrid and won the Champions League. He was technically very gifted and could read the game. At Ipswich he was in the twilight years, but he oozed class and quality.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace One of the most skilful players I’ve ever come across. He’s got unbelievable balance, just when you feel he’s falling over and about to lose it, he’s dragged it away and he’s off, and with the pace he has as well.
Billy Clarke – Crawley This left side is just the lads’ side, it’s my other mate Billy Clarke. He’s got a good record of promotions, I think he’s been promoted from every league so far. He’s a top player and he gets a lot of goals. The knee injury really killed him at Blackpool when they got to the Premier League but he’s doing well now and I think you’ll see him soon enough climbing up the leagues.
Robert Koren – Hull I’ve played against him quite a few times but one sticks in my head. It was in one of my first games for Ipswich under Roy Keane. I played in centre midfield and he absolutely ran rings round me. He was just so sharp, so clever – on the ball and off the ball. Sylvain Legwinski – Retired He was another older player who came to Ipswich when I was a youngster and really helped me. He was a lovely man. He played in my position and gave me a lot of advice. I think I made my first professional start alongside him.
Steve Morison – Leeds He was here a couple of years back and he’s just an all-round striker. He’s big, he’s strong but he’s also very quick and a good finisher. He got a lot of goals and he’s part of the reason that Millwall are in the Championship. Darren Bent – Aston Villa He was at Ipswich when I was coming through so I used to train with him when I was with the first team. He’s a quality player, a quality finisher. I played against him a few weeks ago and he scored. That’s everything there is about Darren Bent, he just scores goals.