Winger Fred Onyedinma has been with Millwall since the age of 12 and is now in his third loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers – is he finally proving himself?
Wycombe Wanderers are enjoying a flying start to the 2019/20 campaign, sitting in second place in League One with just two points separating them from leaders Ipswich Town. Gareth Ainsworth’s side have shocked fans with their form this season, which has seen them lose just one league game so far.
Ainsworth came close to joining a former club of his in Lincoln City last month, but chose to keep his seat in the Wycombe dugout and now his side look like early contenders for at least a play-off spot. One of Wycombe’s stand-out performers this season has been Fred Onyedinma. The serial-loanee is in his third spell at Wycombe from parent-club Millwall.
Onyedinma came onto the scene as a youth talent at Millwall but was quickly loaned out, and Wycombe was his first stop back in 2014. Aged 17, Onyedinma netted eight from 27 appearances that season – his best return to date. He then returned to The Den and found himself a regular figure making over 100 appearances for the club between 2015 and 2018, but his goal-scoring touch was missing, and so he was sent back out on loan.
A brace in his side’s 3-0 win at Rochdale last Saturday took his tally to four from eight appearances this season – that’s already as many as he scored whilst on-loan at the club last year after 21 games. He alongside Joe Jacobson on four and cult-figure Adebayo Akinfenwa on three, have been leading the Wycombe front-line this season, and look a dangerous trio in League One.
Not many people expected Ainsworth’s Wycombe to be where they are in League One by this stage. Onyedinma has had his best start to a season yet and could smash his season record for goals by Christmas if he continues. Averaging a goal with every other shot he has on target this season, Onyedinma is looking to have a more ruthless nature in-front of goal and will be vital in Wycombe’s unlikely promotion push as the winger continues to prove his worth in the game.