Fred Onyedinma’s time at Millwall has been somewhat complicated.
Bursting onto the scene under Ian Holloway back in 2015, his career has failed to kick on since then.
His contract was up at the end of last season, a new deal was penned, and Millwall retained his services long-term.
Roll ahead to this season and a loan move to Wycombe Wanderers would come about instead of a stint in the first team.
His spell at the League One side was positive and produced four goals in 21 appearances for the Chairboys.
The new year came and a recall clause inserted into the deal was activated, and a return to Millwall was confirmed.
Lions boss Neil Harris cited the attacker as being “unplayable” upon his Den return.
So Onyedinma would have thought after that stellar compliment, a first-team chance would have been forthcoming.
The 22-year-old has managed just eight Championship minutes this term, coming on as a late substitute in the goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
The last few weeks before the international break, he hasn’t even been named on the bench.
The lack of game time and progression will surely have angered the young attacker who has gone from constant first-team football to being left out in the cold.
This will not sit well with the player Lions fans affectionately call Fred.
You could see the winger looking to force a move away from the club in the summer in the hope of getting an opportunity to play consistently and be given a fair chance like the rest of his team.
If a move away is not forthcoming, it would have to be under the proviso that he gets more chances in the first team.
But Fred might not want to take that chance.
Having been talked up upon his return to being the forgotten man, despite fans calling for him to have a chance, may sway him into wanting a move away from the London club.
When you consider Millwall are in a relegation battle, and he has not had a chance to help lift the team away from the drop zone, he will feel helpless and sick of waiting around.
The final nine games could go a long way in determining the future of Onyedinma at The Den.
Failure to be given his chance could see a transfer request handed in in order to get the manager’s attention, for better or ill.