Millwall coach Harris pleased with progress of U21 squad

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NEIL Harris is pleased with the progress made by Millwall's U21 players this season.

Harris, the Lions' all-time leading goalscorer, is in charge of the club's development squad.

And he says Millwall's young players have taken big strides forward in recent months.



Fred Onyedinma, Jack Powell and Aiden O'Brien have already featured for the first team this term but Harris believes they will continue to improve by playing reserve football.

Powell was named on the the Lions' bench at Bournemouth on Saturday, while Onyedinma made his debut for Wycombe after moving there on loan.

"Individually they've all got great ability but there's a lot they can learn as well," Harris said.



"Fred is a good example. He's very exciting with the ball – he loses it but then gets it back and he'll go on another run.

"The end product isn't always there but that's a 17-year-old winger for you. Powell was the best passer of the ball at the club last year but wasn't ready physically for the first team.

"He worked hard over the summer at getting stronger and since then he's had his chance.

"Aiden also has great ability, touch and awareness but he needs to know where to run and he's doing it."

Wycombe moved for Onyedinma after his impressive performance in a behind-closed-doors cup tie with West Ham.

"It was really pleasing to see how good he was off the ball," added Harris.

"His movement and runs were terrific – he knew when to run in behind and come short, and that's what Ian Holloway is always talking to him about."

Harris has been running the rule over trialist Anthony Jeffrey, a former Arsenal trainee who had a brief spell with Wycombe last season.

"He was recommended to us by a reliable source who we know and trust," Harris said.

"It makes sense to bring him in and have a look. He has played a bit of league football, he's only 20 and he had a good grounding at a Premier League club.

"He's got pace and power and he's direct, which are good attributes."

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9 thoughts on “Millwall coach Harris pleased with progress of U21 squad

  • December 2, 2014 at 10:33
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    Positive stuff coming from Harris but we need these boys making more first team appearances

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    • December 2, 2014 at 11:16
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      @block 28: seen the news that tge FL has disqualified cellno from owning Leeds utd..what a shambles of a club..

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      • December 2, 2014 at 11:48
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        @Jim28: hope they throw the book at them. If it was us they would have a field day. So called big club my a***.

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        • December 2, 2014 at 13:07
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          @block28
          When you think about the size of their crowds and what they have done in the past,i suppose we could class them as a big club,but so was preston north end at one time,i think it's leed's mentality that let's them down,i would be sad to see them relagated as it would be a fixture i do look forward to.
          their fan's all act the big i am.but they are nothing really.
          At the moment i am worried about what is going on at millwall.to many injury's in training,malon's contract in jeapody.to much passing around in mid-field before going 2 or 3 goal's down.and to much chopping and changing the side the back four has to be a regular unit and only be changed when it really need's to be.

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  • December 2, 2014 at 12:56
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    20 POINTS DEDUCTION FOR LEEDS PLEASE FOR XMAS

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    • December 2, 2014 at 13:11
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      @timchimes
      No chance of that tim,now if it were millall we would already be playing in the conferance.

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      • December 2, 2014 at 14:55
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        @jim1222: surely it would make sense to bring fred back from his loan..if martin is injured

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  • December 2, 2014 at 16:47
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    @jim28
    It would make sense to you and me,but ollie im not so sure.

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  • December 2, 2014 at 18:05
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    This is great news to be getting out of the club. We have a lot of exciting Young prospects at the club, and we seem to be ensuring they are managed well. Hopefully some will start to be integrated over the next year and we can start to see a return to youth policy rather than over spending on old players that are past their prime. A lot of credit has to go to JB for spending so much of his own money on youth development at the club, and also Scott Fitzgerald and Neil Harris.
    Hopefully we can get players like Scott Malone signed up on longer contracts to have s good mix of youth and experience for years to come.

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