Time in the Millwall first team was not forthcoming for Fred Onyedinma, so a season-loan move to Wycombe Wanderers was sanctioned.
After two EFL Cup ties, the 22-year-old moved to Adams Park on-loan where he played 24 times, scoring four goals.
It was a familiar setting for the attacker who had previously spent time on-loan at Gareth Ainsworth’s side.
Lions’ boss Neil Harris decided to recall the winger in the new year, along with every other player who had been away from the club on a temporary basis, returning to The Den.
Sid Nelson, who was at Swindon, has moved out on loan to Tranmere, while Ben Thompson has re-established himself into the starting line-up.
Another loanee, Tom King remains with the club, paying for the U23s.
That leaves Onyedinma, who had been an integral part of the side in Millwall’s promotion-winning season.
But game time had dried up, and after a successful loan spell, much was expected with him returning – to no avail.
Since returning the London, the 22-year-old has failed to feature for Harris but has been named on the bench plenty.
If you place yourself in the young man’s shoes, then he has every right to be aggravated at his current predicament.
There is no scope for a loan move away with the reconfigured transfer window, and with Ben Marshall arriving, too, and no wide-player outgoings, he has arrived back and immediately seen his place in the pecking order decrease.
The draw with Rotherham at the weekend would have only increased Onyedinma’s frustration.
Goalless at home and toothless in attack for much of the game, his pace would have injected a fresh impetus into the encounter and give the home fans something to get behind.
That was not forthcoming as he remained on the bench, and he has done since his arrival back at the club.
From playing week in and week out to that grinding to an immediate halt must be pretty demoralising.
Especially for a young player who was in-form and influencing matches at League One level.
But now with his place in the side threatened, his form will dwindle, and it will take more time to get back to match sharpness and the level he was playing at for the Chairboys.
The winger has every right to be disgruntled after the mismanaging of his career at present and will hope an opportunity to play rears itself in the coming weeks.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!