Old Wanderer Fred is back in the Lions’ Den

Mill­wall pleased with de­vel­op­ment while at Chair­boys >> www.get­bucks.co.uk/sport

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tom Moore tom.moore@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MILL­WALL man­ager Neil Harris was pleased with how Fred Onyed­inma de­vel­oped dur­ing his loan spell at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

Last sea­son, the 18-year-old joined the Chair­boys in Novem­ber and, over the course of 25 games, scored eight goals in­clud­ing a brace against Steve­nage.

The pacy for­ward is in line to be a reg­u­lar starter at The Den this sea­son and would have fea­tured un­der the new Lions boss had he been avail­able to him in their un­suc­cess­ful bat­tle to stay in the Cham­pi­onship.

Harris said: “It was a great op­por­tu­nity to get some min­utes and I’d loved to have had him for the run in at the end of the sea­son, but it wasn’t to be.

“To play those games in pro­fes­sional football, it’s a mas­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for any player, es­pe­cially one at the age of 18.

“For any player, how­ever ex­pe­ri­enced, the more big­ger games you play helps your abil­ity and mind­set.”

Onyed­inma is not the fin­ished ar­ti­cle yet and Harris is keen for him to de­velop as a player to give him­self, and Mill­wall, the best chance of win­ning pro­mo­tion back to the Cham­pi­onship.

He added: “He’s still the Fred that left us dur­ing last sea­son in that he’s quick, di­rect and a threat but he still has a lot to learn and we’re go­ing to help him. He gives us an op­tion to carry the ball up the pitch and is a hand­ful for de­fend­ers.”

Boss Gareth Ainsworth has no doubt that Onyed­inma is go­ing

BIG FU­TURE: (Above) Fred Onyed­inma in ac­tion for Wy­combe Wan­der­ers last sea­son; (left) Mill­wall boss Neil Harris is happy at his player’s de­vel­op­ment while un­der Gareth Ainsworth (far right) to have a big fu­ture in the game.

He said af­ter the dou­ble against Steve­nage in Fe­bru­ary: “Fred is a threat in League Two with his pace and strength.

“He’s got a big ca­reer ahead of him.”

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