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Millwall manager Neil Harris has strengthened his squad further with the signing of winger Connor Mahoney from Bournemouth on a long-term contract, for an undisclosed fee, as confirmed on the club website.
The 22-year-old moves to The Den after two seasons with the Cherries where he made just two appearances in the FA Cup.
He has since spent time on loan at both Barnsley and Birmingham City.
So will Mahoney prove to be a good signing at Millwall?
“Connor Mahoney is a top class signing for Millwall, who have done some really shrewd business in this window.
“Birmingham City fans will tell you what a good prospect he was from last season, and they will be really disappointed that they couldn’t bring him back.
“He can play on both flanks, has great crossing ability and was subsequently voted the Young Player of the Season at St Andrew’s.
“Baring in mind the Lions have brought in Matt Smith, they will want players with real crossing ability on the flanks so that they can pick out the 6’6” man, and they definitely have that in Mahoney.
“While the fee is undisclosed, it is unlikely it was a huge outlay for him, and with the game time he will get over the next few seasons it’s hard to imagine him not increasing in value.”
“This is brilliant business.
“Mahoney is a talented young player who looked excellent on loan at Birmingham City last season and should provide Neil Harris’ side, who were the third-lowest scorers in the Championship in 2018/19, with some well-needed added impetus.
“The winger won the Blues’ Young Player of the Year award last season after making 32 appearances, scoring twice and grabbing four assists.
“Mahoney averaged 1.6 crosses per game in 2018/19, the 13th highest of any Championship player, which should fit Harris’ system and will be music to the ears of new six-foot-six striker Matt Smith.
“Mahoney should see plenty of first-team football at Millwall, which should mean the 22-year-old can continue to improve over the next few years.”
“He arrives in the Championship with a point to prove after a relatively quiet loan spell with Birmingham City.
“I never thought that Mahoney was going to be good enough to force his way into the Bournemouth first-team on a regular basis, and he evidently wasn’t in Eddie Howe’s long-term plans.
“This is the best move for him to fulfil his potential as Millwall will be able to offer him regular game time at a high standard, as they look to improve on last year’s poor league campaign as they narrowly avoided relegation into League One.
“Mahoney scored just twice for Birmingham in his loan spell last season and will be hoping to silence his doubters with some impressive performances for Neil Harris’ side next term.
“The Lions needed strength in depth in their squad, and Mahoney is a player that I think can be a useful player to rely on for the Millwall boss.”