Why Grant Holt handed in a transfer request?

Grant Holt has had a transfer reject request at Norwich City rejected and it is unclear why he wants to move on.

Grant Holt has scored 70 goals for Norwich

Holt has had a terrific first season in the Premier League and finished with 15 league goals from his 36 games and was linked with a call up to the England squad for Euro 2012. So, I am going to look at the reasons why he potentially wants to leave the club.

The first thing that sprang into my mind when I heard the news was, is he doing this because manager Paul Lambert is leaving? Lambert has been linked with numerous clubs since the end of the season including Aston Villa and Liverpool. If Lambert leaves maybe the new manager will want to play a different style of football and won’t need Holt anymore. This may have been his way of thinking and after all of his hard work to get to the Premier League he will not want it taken away from him by a new manager and by handing in a transfer request teams will look at how well he has done this season and take a chance on him. So, basically this argument is that he wants his Premier League career secure and as he has found out in the past, new managers don’t always like a strong physical striker. Obviously, this may be completely wrong because Lambert hasn’t left and doesn’t look like leaving at the minute, although in football things can change quickly.

The second reason he may want to leave is because he didn’t get called up to the England squad and maybe he feels it’s because he plays for Norwich however some people will point to the fact that John Ruddy was called up. I believe goalkeepers are a lot different to outfield players and there isn’t a lot of options especially when you consider Paul Robinson and Ben Foster do not want to be called up. He may feel that if he had scored 15 goals for a team like Everton or Fulham he may have had more of a chance. But then again this argument is flawed because Darren Bent has continually scored goals for a number of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and has still been overlooked by England managers when he has been the top English goal scorer. It is obvious looking at the England squad they do look at the best teams but if Holt did move to a team like Everton, he still wouldn’t get a call up even though I personally think he should have went to the Euros.

Finally it may simply just be because he wants a new contract and a lot of players do this sort of thing to make the chairmen and the board hurry up to get round to their contract situation rather than focusing on other things. Now I don’t think Grant Holt has a big ego and is doing it because he thinks he is bigger than the club, irreplaceable and will give into his demands, I think he is simply doing it to get his future sorted as he does have young children and would like to know where he will be in a few years. Every time he has spoke about Norwich it has always been positively so I cannot see him getting annoyed by the fact they rejected his request unless they don’t get round to sorting out his contract in time.

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Millwall win 1000th league game in honour of Barry Kitchener

The Lions were founded 126 years ago and against Hull City they won their 1000th home league game which is an amazing accomplishment.

Millwall are currently 19th in the Championship

Not only was it a historic victory but also a much needed victory with the current team struggling at the wrong end of the Championship, they needed to try and pull themselves away from the relegation scrap. It was a long awaited victory at home too as they had been waiting for quite a while to reach this landmark, this is their first home win in 2012 which just shows the problems manager Kenny Jackett has had this season. Maybe the players and staff had this record playing on their mind and it needed something else to give them the inspiration to go out and perform which they did. It was a very emotional day at The Den with the club paying tribute to former centre back Barry Kitchener who sadly died at the age of 64 last week. Kitchener, was a fantastic servant to the club and he himself must have seen many home wins and he was the record appearance maker for the club which most certainly makes him a club legend.

The home side must have wanted to win for him and the club as a special tribute to him wore a special white kit, this clearly inspired the players to perform as the defended brilliantly and looked like they could have scored more goals than they should have done in the game. Harry Kane and Andy Keogh grabbed the goals but Paul Robinson at the back was immense and there was no chance he was going to let an opposition striker score.

Looking to the future and Millwall could have a bright future, if given the time to grow because they have a fantastic and sometimes underrated manager in Kenny Jackett who has kept calm even when the club were right in the thick of the relegation battle. They have a very strong captain in Paul Robinson who on his day could possibly be playing in the Premier League but has been very loyal to Millwall and the fans seem to love him too.

They do have a lot of talent in the midfield too with Liam Feeney a winger that possess real quality and has pace to burn and in the centre they have Liam Trotter who for a player that may be seen as more of a holding midfielder can grab the odd important goal.

Darius Henderson is one of their main strikers and he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but there is no doubting his effort and commitment when he goes onto the pitch. Add this to his 19 goals this season and you have a player that is very useful at this level and if they can get it right at the back next season they maybe outsiders for the playoffs.

The fans at Millwall do get a rough ride for their reputation but in recent years there has been a massive improvement and they show all their passion every week to support their team. Football hooliganism does need to be stamped out of the game but in the match against Hull in memory of Barry Kitchener, both sets of fans were amazing and they gave the great man an honourable send off.