If anyone can get the best out of former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Gary Taylor-Fletcher, it is Ian Holloway.
Taylor-Fletcher, who spent a month at Hillsborough earlier this term, making two starts and two substitute appearances, knows Millwall boss Holloway well from their time together at Blackpool. The Liverpudlian forward worked with Holloway between 2009 and 2012. Five years ago, Taylor-Fletcher scored in Blackpool’s play-off final victory over Cardiff City which earned them promotion to the Premier League.
“Gary has a really good brain and I like the way he plays,” said Holloway. “He links play brilliantly and can play in any one of four positions, which is wide left, wide right, up the middle or behind the striker.”
Taylor-Fletcher made his Lions debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Fulham, having arrived on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season.
He joined the Foxes as a free agent at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, making 23 appearances, hitting three goals, as Nigel Pearson’s side won the Championship title. Taylor-Fletcher signed a new one-year contract during the summer but has featured just twice for the Foxes this season.
Holloway said: “Gary has been at Leicester and helped them to get promoted. They have moved on a little bit and I believe we can use his experience to our benefit.”
The 33-year-old, who has previously represented Leyton Orient, Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town, has scored over 100 league goals in his career.
Having struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at Leicester, the experienced forward was allowed to move to Wednesday on a temporary basis last October.
Taylor-Fletcher, who has scored in each of the top five divisions in England, said: Personally, I want to play football and I’ve not had the chance over at Leicester. I’m getting on now. I’m 33 and you want to be playing every game.”
Taylor-Fletcher is in contention to make his first start for Millwall against the Owls as Holloway’s relegation-threatened team chase their first home win since October 25.
Austrian international Stefan Maierhofer is vying with Lee Gregory for the one striking spot in Holloway’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Millwall are currently three points adrift of safety and have fired blanks in three out of their last six league outings.