‘He has a big future’ - Former City academy prospect impressing for Wycombe ahead of Carrow Road clash
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Wycombe could have a former Norwich City academy prospect in their squad on Saturday, who Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has predicted will have a ‘big future in the game’.
Anis Mehmeti made his Championship debut as a substitute during Wycombe’s 2-1 home defeat to Millwall on Saturday, having been a regular at under-18 level for the Canaries between 2017 and 2019.
He was playing alongside players including Max Aarons and Adam Idah during the 2017-18 season, making 18 appearances and also featuring in his first game at U23 level.
The Albanian youngster then earned a one-year extension to his contract after three goals in 14 games for the U18s during 2018-19, as well as a goal during one of his two further U23 appearances - during a 3-3 draw at Nottingham Forest in the Premier League Cup, in which Idah was also on target.
However, he didn’t feature at academy level last season and instead the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee was playing for Woodford Town in the Essex Senior League, at step five of the non-league pyramid, the equivalent level to clubs playing in the Eastern Counties Premier Division such as Wroxham and Norwich United.
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He contributed two goals and two assists in 14 games prior to the season being cancelled in March and earned a trial at Wycombe and a one-year contract with the Chairboys’ B team.
However, he came off the bench in the 79th minute against Millwall on Saturday and in the 80th minute of the narrow 1-0 loss away to early leaders Reading on Tuesday.
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“Anis is a young boy who we took on trial for the B team and he has been outstanding in training,” the Wycombe boss told the Bucks Free Press.
“When we got promoted, we started this team and he is one that has come through and made it to the first team, which is outstanding.
“But it is tough - he’s not going to come in and play every week in the Championship as we will use him in the right way.
“Ask any of my players, they’ve got special thoughts on Anis - he has a big future in the game.”