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Jeffrey joins to feed anaemic attack
WYCOMBE Wanderers have signed an Arsenal youth forward to solve their goal-scoring problems.
Anthony Jeffrey, 19, has joined until the end of the season with a view to staying longer if things go well.
Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth said: “We’d like to think he’s going to pitch in with a few goals. He’s got good pedigree being at Arsenal, and it’s a good coup for Wycombe.
“We’ve been in contact for a while and he’s a player I’ve had to be patient on as he’s been stuck in the U21 Premier League.”
Jeffrey has pace to burn and has mainly played out wide, but Blues think they might be able to get him to play through the middle.
Ainsworth said: “He went on loan to Borehamwood and scored seven goals in nine games, which is a fantastic return.
“I know they’re a couple of levels lower than us, but obviously he knows where the goal is and he’s one of the fastest kids in the country when he was at school.
“So his pace is undoubted, he’s got Premier League pace and hopefully we can turn him into something special at Wycombe.
“I’m looking forward to working with him and hopefully he’ll be able to terrorise defences for us.
“He’s played the majority of his career out wide so we’ll start him there. We can’t suddenly say, ‘right, you’re a centre forward’.
“We have to work slowly at that process of turning him into something.
“We’ll have to have a look at him in training then we can see if he’s got the traits that would make a centre forward that could get in behind them.”
Meanwhile, Ainsworth hopes Jeffrey won’t be the last new face to arrive at Adams Park.
He said: “Coming in, we’ve got a list and there have been a few close shaves that we haven’t got over the line at the moment.
“But we are working hard to make that happen because I want to improve the squad.
“I’m definitely working on trying to bring players in.”