Millwall boss: End product will come from Watford loanee

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IAN Holloway says it is a matter of time before Italian loan star Diego Fabbrini chips in with goals and assists.

Fabbrini, on loan from Watford, is yet to score in seven appearances for the Lions but has wowed fans with his silky skills and mazy runs.

The 24-year-old almost created a goal for Aiden O'Brien against Fulham on Saturday but after bamboozling a defender, his cross inches too high.

"He's quite exciting and wonderful to watch," said Holloway.

"I'd pay to watch him myself to be honest because he's been a breath of fresh air. He can play in any one of two or three roles.

"He's got to get that end product where he slots someone in or hits the target but that will come because he's a fantastic player."

Holloway also wants to ensure Fabbrini tracks back when necessary.

"What we've got to do is know where he's going to end up when we lose the ball because he's got to be in area where he can help the team," added the Millwall boss.

"He's a wonderful lad and I'm delighted we've got him. I've got to work an area to keep him in because he does float – so when we lose it, where is he defensively?"

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31 thoughts on “Millwall boss: End product will come from Watford loanee

  • February 23, 2015 at 08:34
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    Prob that that simple seeing as udinese hold his contract and they paid 3 million euros for him. They would want to recoup as much as possible and seeing as he will not have gone unnoticed ... It won't be us

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  • February 23, 2015 at 09:00
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    A couple of things here.
    1. Twin Bermondsey with Udinese and we can swap cultures, women and football players.
    2. Offer a token fee but throw in HOYTE, MARTINEZ and BAILEY (maybe) and Marquis know his contract is finishing but he might like Italy and if they really want to push it our kit man.
    3. We have Fred!!!
    4. Send the Udinese board copies of the film THE ITALIAN JOB.
    5. Link up with the Mafia and just tell Udinese that Fabs is not returning - simple.
    Anyway cert home win tomorrow and ONWARDS AND UPWARDS and OLLIE becomes a cult hero as he gets us promoted next season. You heard it here first!!!!

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  • February 23, 2015 at 09:14
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    Even if we did make a bid to buy him at the end of the season, with the way he's been playing any club in the Championship would easily out bid us. Realistically I think we just have to enjoy him while we've got him.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 09:17
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    Sign him now. The Forex rate is good. The pound is strong against the Euro.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 09:28
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    no good signing him if we go down we will have to clear the decks

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  • February 23, 2015 at 09:44
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    Nice one ollie, put the focus on fabrinnis lack of end product but god forbid you mention your dream team strikers! I'm getting p***** off with ollie not addressing the problems head on, and diverting attention away from his failings. I would have more respect if he gave a proper account I.e Fabrinni played well but through lack of support, it rested on him to be a central midfielder, attacking winger and a striker. Gregory and fuller for his small part were absent. Back 4 looked the strongest in many months and Williams took the day off

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    • February 23, 2015 at 11:25
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      Extraordinary comment from IH, this master of man management. Fabbrini was a class above most people on the field and IH focuses on a negative. What a brilliant way to motivate a player who ran his heart out before tiring in the later stages. As far as end product is concerned it so much depends on who he has around him. He was so close to providing an assist for O'Brien (who maybe was unlucky or maybe wasn't quite as in the right place as a 20-a-season striker might have been). Similarly, after a great bit of individual skill in the first half he set up Gregory who didn't make anything of the opportunity.
      Re Williams, I thought he had an excellent game, tidying up with great calmness time after time, and Tonge alongside played very well too. The back four did well - Harding's a real tryer isn't he - so overall we weren't bad. . . . . . . . . . Until we get to the final third of course, and unfortunately it just isn't happening there at all. I'm not so naive as to think that IH can find a 20-a-season striker out there who is available to come to us on loan for a pittance, but I do think KJ had a better eye in this regard (till he got to Tyson anyway) - Kane, Wood, Townsend, Puncheon, Afobe all spring to mind.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 10:01
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    Only plays in two or three positions?
    Come on Holloway, you're jesting.
    I am sure you will come up with another five or six positions for him.

    Not sure what to expect tomorrow night,
    but it really needs to be three points.
    Maybe Wednesday will score a couple of own goals
    and solve our finding the net problems.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 10:25
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    I hope I am wrong but ...

    I am amazed that people are still happy to watch a guy run around in circles, hold on to the ball too long and fail to influence results in a positive manner! I will accept that our strikers aren't helping the cause but if he was as good as everyone makes him out to be he'd be able to come up with a goal when others around him fail.

    Yes, I agree he is a very talented footballer and can do virtually any trick in the book but when your fighting relegation and need the points, I'm afraid that really isn't good enough.

    This post is bound to get all the dislikes but if you all thought about it you'd actually look pass his foot-work and see he isn't making a difference. If we go down at the end of the season, Fabrinni will go back to Watford (whether he stays there is a different issue) having not actually contributed much other than a few 'flip flaps' - will he still be loved?

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    • February 23, 2015 at 12:20
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      @spj91:
      I agree with you and said so straight after the game on Saturday. There is no doubt about his effort and tricks but there were a couple of occasions when he could of played Gregory in and he chose not to and the opportunity was gone. I found it frustrating that he never attacked and ran at the back line when he finally git there. I dont doubt he has the ability and if I was Holloway I would be telling him to run and the last line of defence. It may be the reason he hasn't made the grade at Watford. He has the ability so it might be a mental block. Come on Fabrini. Attack that last line of defence and the goals and penalty's awarded will surely come.

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    • February 23, 2015 at 12:21
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      @spj91:
      I agree with you and said so straight after the game on Saturday. There is no doubt about his effort and tricks but there were a couple of occasions when he could of played Gregory in and he chose not to and the opportunity was gone. I found it frustrating that he never attacked and ran at the back line when he finally git there. I dont doubt he has the ability and if I was Holloway I would be telling him to run at the last line of defence. It may be the reason he hasn't made the grade at Watford. He has the ability so it might be a mental block. Come on Fabrini. Attack that last line of defence and the goals and penalty's awarded will surely come.

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    • February 24, 2015 at 00:16
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      @spj91: he created a great chance for gregory if you recall which he totally f***** up by running away from goal.

      If players made more runs maybe fab would make that killer pass. He often has no one to make a pass to and cannot work miracles.

      On his own he will not be our saviour but it's clear how much more talent he has with the ball than the rest of our squad.

      Whatever division we're in next season we cannot afford him as we will never exceed the 1980s record of £800k!

      So enjoy watching a player who can keep hold of the ball at the Den, might be many years before we see it again, opposition players excepted.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 10:37
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    Will playing two out-and-out strikers help us score more goals? Yes more than likely, with Fab playing behind them but then we could be looking at the diamond formation which hasn't worked in the past (But then we didn't have Fab) Midfield will be too light weight. Going 3-5-2 usually means we end up leaking too many goals (But then we didn't have Jos) during those times. 4-2-2-2 with Fab and another creative player behind the two main strikers and Williams/Tonge both mopping up behind them could be the solution. Although I'm sure Olly has already tried that at some point... tough one

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  • February 23, 2015 at 10:38
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    love watching him play we would be a lot weaker without him could do with a bit of help from his team mates just needs a bit of composure in front of goal.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 10:40
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    All very well having Fabbrini, but i'd much rather have someone that will put the ball in the back of the net!!

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  • February 23, 2015 at 10:41
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    Would be nice to see Paris Cowan-Hall, Onyedinma and Fabbrini in the same team next year.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 14:54
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    Fabbrini is the only player providing a creative spark....he may not have provided any goals or assists yet, but there's no one else in the team who comes close....without him we'd be we'll and truly f*****!!

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  • February 23, 2015 at 18:09
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    Let's not get too excited here.

    He will only be here another 6 weeks as he is here for 93 days in total and half of that time is up now.

    And if anyone thinks we can or will sign him, they are living in cloud cuckoo land.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 19:07
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    I've said it before, i'll say it again: We need to give him the ball more often! He calls for it in open space so many times during the game and is then bypassed or it reaches him when its too late, the defenders are too tight and it leaves him with too much to do… Its like he's just there to rescue our poor attempts at attacking moves. For me, holloway hasn't got the best out of him, which makes it more exciting to see how he contributes in the next games.

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  • February 23, 2015 at 23:27
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    There was a reason Watford let him out on loan. Maybe he has never had an end product and that was the reason? Still with GTF for Fab to play-off we should look like World beaters tomorrow night. :-(

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  • February 23, 2015 at 23:29
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    Maybe he has never had an end product and that was the reason that Watford were happy to loan him out?

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