The glowing report on the former Charlton and West Ham midfielder ahead of a potential Portsmouth chance – and why he’s drawn comparisons to the England man
The glowing report comes from Maidenhead announcerJoshua Brown’s sportswriter, who gave us insight into the midfielder’s time in the National League.
After signing a professional contract on the South Coast, he was immediately sent to Alan Devonshire’s side to gain valuable experience in senior football.
The club are awaiting the extent of Shaun Williams’ injury, while Joe Morrell is also suspended for two games.
And here’s what Brown had to say about the 21-year-old, ahead of his potential opportunity for the Blues.
“Jay was truly an exciting player to watch, both as a journalist and for the fans.
“He really helped Maidenhead United during the period when they were really hit with injuries. He offered himself well in attack as in defense, and without him they could have sunk without a trace.
“He helped them to two vital wins over Woking and Wrexham – which is also saying a lot after serving a suspension for his red card on his debut. He returned directly to training afterwards.
“He is an exciting player and very gifted technically too.
“Mingi is a bit of a ball carrier. I’m a West Ham fan and you look at Declan Rice.
“You assume that those running backs and midfielders who can do that have that stature where they’re quite tall and strong.
“But he’s not the greatest of players, but he had the strength to get Maidenhead up the pitch and encourage them to attack more, and he was also quick enough to come back, so that’s what made me happy. most impressed.
“Maidenhead played a little more of a cautious game after his hamstring injury. They were more willing to defend.
“With Mingi he wanted to get on the pitch as fast as possible, really, and it was quite exciting to see Maidenhead score more when he was in the team.
“He may not have scored any goals himself, although he did score a few, he also had a few assists or ‘second assists’. He was a very progressive person. .
“He’s a promising player. He has skills and can choose the right pass at the right time.
“I just think he likes playing football and he liked being part of a starting line-up. He wants to show people what he has. He certainly thrived in Maidenhead.
“I think they were (looking to keep him until the end of the season). It was assumed that Alan Devonshire would have insisted on keeping it.
“For the character he is and the technically gifted player that he is, it was sad to let him go.
“I think he can probably (get into Ligue 1). Whether his physical attributes are capable for League One remains to be seen.
“I think so, though, because he can contribute with a goal or two and help in other ways. I would place my trust in him.
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