Loan star Udu­maga takes his chance with both hands

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WY­COMBE boss Gareth Ainsworth in­sists he will not put too much pres­sure on the young shoul­ders of new dis­cov­ery Jer­maine Udu­maga.

The Brent­ford loa­nee made his long awaited de­but as a late sub in Mon­day’s 2-0 win over Craw­ley, play­ing a big part in the Chair­boys’ cru­cial sec­ond goal.

He played a lovely ball for Garry Thomp­son to then cross to Sam Wood who fin­ished.

Udu­maga ini­tially joined Wy­combe, along with fel­low Bee James Ferry, on a month’s loan at the end of Novem­ber.

But while Ferry has re­turned to Grif­fin Park, Udu­maga had his loan ex­tended by a fur­ther month on Christ­mas Eve, de­spite not hav­ing made an ap­pear­ance dur­ing his ini­tial four-week stay.

And the 20-year-old showed just why Ainsworth is keen for him to stick around, dis­play­ing some classy touches in his short cameo.

He said: “Jer­maine had a great im­pact. He picked out Thommo with a really great pass, which is some­thing we want to see more of.

“The qual­ity of the squad is such that play­ers who come in on loan have to fight their way in, and when you get your chance you have to take it – Jer­maine did that to­day.

“He put his foot on the ball and took some good touches. But he’s not just about the tippy tappy, he’s a clever player and he knows how to win a game.

“He’s an at­tack­ing player who has got one hell of a strike on him, but he’s still a young lad and we won’t be putting too much pres­sure on him.”

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