Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WYCOMBE WANDERERS -

GARETH Ainsworth has taken a punt by sign­ing Max Muller de­spite the for­mer Salzburg player cur­rently be­ing con­fined to the treat­ment room.

Muller caught the eye when given a trial on the pre-sea­son tour of France be­fore sus­tain­ing a ham­string in­jury in the 1-1 draw with Le Havre.

For­tu­nately, he had done enough to per­suade Ainsworth, in­jured or not, he was worth the risk and, once fit, would prove his worth.

“Max did re­ally well and I saw enough to con­vince me to take a chance on him and see how he gets on when he’s back from in­jury,” said Ainsworth.

“We will have to be pa­tient to see the best of Max – and that goes for me, the staff and the fans as well – but with hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in the care of our med­i­cal staff we be­lieve Max has the po­ten­tial to be another suc­cess story from Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.”

Given the con­straints of Wan­der­ers’ bud­get, part of the ap­peal of Muller is his abil­ity to play sev­eral roles.

Cen­tral de­fence though is prob­a­bly his strong­est suit, an area in which Ainsworth and his team have nur­tured sev­eral di­a­monds in re­cent times.

“We seem to have a good track record when it comes to de­vel­op­ing cen­tral de­fend­ers, such as Aaron Pierre, Al­fie Maw­son, Ja­son McCarthy and An­thony Ste­wart. But Max is a big lad, he’s good on the ball and can play across the back­line or even in mid­field.”

Pa­tient man: Gareth Ainsworth is giv­ing Max Muller time.

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