Watford defender Craig Cathcart thinks Arsenal loanee Daniel Ballard can make it in the Premier League if he continues his progress.

Millwall v Fulham - Daniel Ballard of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Den, London. Copyright: Brian Tonks
Millwall v Fulham – Daniel Ballard of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Den, London. Copyright: Brian Tonks

Daniel Ballard is on loan with Millwall this season, stepping up to the Championship after his spells in League One and League Two in the last couple of campaigns.

Once again, he’s settled in well and become a key part of his loan side, starting every game he’s available.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old also continues to get opportunities with his national side, receiving another call-up this month after making his 10th Northern Ireland appearance in September.

Northern Ireland teammate and Premier League defender Craig Cathcart believes Ballard has made the right decisions in his young career so far, and he can play in England’s top division in the future.

“He’s gone about it the right way, he’s gone out and got experience on loan and he has stepped up again at Millwall in the Championship,” Cathcart told the Belfast Telegraph of Ballard.

“His career has progressed really well and the better he does internationally is going to help him in the future.

“I don’t see why he cannot have a future in the Premier League – definitely. He has been brilliant every step of the way.

“He came in against Romania I think and didn’t look out of place. And since then he has faced every challenge put against him. He has got a big future ahead of him.”

Ballard recently made the SofaScore Team of the Week for his performance in a clean-sheet win for Millwall over Bristol City, and he followed it up by helping them to another clean sheet in the next game against Barnsley.

The centre-back has started every game of Millwall’s Championship campaign so far, and that doesn’t look like changing soon.

Stepping up to the Premier League next season certainly isn’t out of the question.

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