Fred Onyedinma has enjoyed an impressive start to his season with Wycombe Wanderers following his permanent transfer to the Chairboys from Millwall over the summer.
The 22-year-old Nigerian has scored 4 league goals this season, primarily from a wide left position that he has occupied in Wycombe’s 4-3-3 formation.
Gareth Ainsworth made Onyedinma’s transfer permanent following two loan spells with the club over 5 years, in between which he also featured in the Championship for Millwall, making 44 appearances for the Lions in the competition. He is an exciting player to watch who enjoys dribbling at defenders and looks to create chances for himself and others. His stats so far this season demonstrate this with 2.8 successful dribbles/per 90 – the most in the squad. Onyedinma is a powerful player who can generate good pace when running with or without the ball and can change direction sharply, often throwing defenders off balance. The 22-year-old’s build makes him very strong and hard to get off the ball.
Furthermore, he is far from shot-shy with 2.6/90 minutes and he is not afraid to pull the trigger from outside the penalty area, taking at least 1 shot/90 minutes from outside the 18-yard box. However, if we examine where his goals have come from, they have primarily been poacher’s goals, latching on to rebounds or getting on the end of crosses. His power makes him difficult to deal with on the back post and he popped up to score a header against Bolton and a low driven finish against Rochdale in those types of areas. He can be competent on both feet, being primarily right-footed but scoring a good goal with his left against MK Dons.
One area in which Onyedinma could look to improve on based on his performances this season would be his final product when it comes to setting up his teammates. As he is playing as a winger, he will be expected to set up chances for the team and he has so far failed to heavily contribute in that area. He has failed to register an assist so far this season and a key pass stat of 1/per 90 minutes puts him 12thout of the Wycombe squad. However, as mentioned previously he is only 22 and this has been his most productive season so far in his career and so there is plenty of time for him to develop as a player.
Consequently, Gareth Ainsworth will be pleased with the team and Onyedinma’s start to the season and he will be hoping that the Nigerian forward can play a big part in his side’s success for the rest of the campaign.