LIONS fans are seeing the best of Jimmy Abdou again, Ian Holloway believes.
Abdou featured just twice in the final ten matches of last season but forced his way back into Holloway's plans over the summer.
And the midfielder has helped the Lions win their first three fixtures of the new season.
"He was fantastic in pre-season," Holloway said. "What I wanted to do was control where he goes and what he does, rather than just let him run everywhere.
"Jimmy wants to close down two or three people all at once but we're keeping a much better shape now because he closes one down and then gets back into the shape."
Holloway says the arrival of fellow Francophone Magaye Gueye has made a big difference to Abdou's off-field happiness.
"I think he is happier now because he's got a couple of other French fellas to talk with. He had that before under Kenny Jackett when he played his best football for Millwall.
"That's great for him and he's playing well.
"I've always liked Jimmy, even since I took him at Plymouth, and he'll get better because the more we do it the more he'll understand what I want his role to be.
"The players we have brought in this summer have been just as vital as the ones who were already in my squad and have kicked on."