Burnley loanee had best performance yet in Millwall shirt – as George Honeyman suffers fresh injury woe

Neil Harris felt Michael Obafemi produced his best performance since joining Millwall in last night’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.

The Burnley loanee was given a standing ovation when he made way towards the end of the second half at The Den.

Obafemi had played the lone striker role well and had a couple of driving runs as well as seeing an attempt saved by Foxes keeper Mads Hermansen.

Millwall head coach Harris was asked about the Republic of Ireland international’s display along with Ryan Leonard, who shut down the threat of former Charlton loan signing Stephy Mavididi on City’s left flank.

He said: “Michael Obafemi has put in his best performance in a Millwall shirt, for sure. He showed that hunger and desire to play as a Millwall number nine. Michael has set his standards. Tom Bradshaw is back fit now, not fully fit but getting there.

“We’re hoping Kevin Nisbet is going to be involved at the weekend as well. So all of a sudden there is competition for that place. Michael wants to play – he’s come here to play. If he is going to play at that level and standard then it is going to be very difficult for anyone to dislodge him from the team.

‘That is the standards I demand from my number nines.

“Ryan Leonard has been outstanding. I’ve picked him in every game. Tonight he has given Stephy Mavididi probably his toughest game of the season. Credit to Lenny for putting in that level of performance.”

George Honeyman has been another constant in Harris’ line-ups but the former Sunderland skipper was forced off after 51 minutes after damaging the shoulder he had surgery on at the end of last season.

Honeyman initially required treatment in the first period but then was clearly in agony after jarring the area soon after the restart.

“He’s sore – he’s got a shoulder problem,” said Harris. “He’ll have to be scanned and see what the extent of the damage is as to whether he is going to play again Saturday or this season.

“Even when we lost one of our most experienced players – George Honeyman – and brought an 18-year-old kid on, it is very difficult to play for us at the moment because of where we are at in the league, I thought he was outstanding, Romain Esse.”

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