They started their Millwall careers as relative unknowns, yet hot prospects for the future.
Now, through their own work, they currently sit as the club’s first-choice right-hand sided partnership and pair up as a vital asset to to the team.
Mahlon Romeo and Fred Onyedinma have excited The Den faithful in recent weeks, combining well to give opposition defences a hard time.
Along with that, Onyedinma has netted twice in his last six games, while Romeo’s super strike last Friday night – that dumped Southend United out of the FA Cup – was his first goal since he opened his Lions account in similar style at Walsall back in February.
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Both the right-back and winger offer genuine pace, power and precision, as well as a youthful stance to the side.
Successful Millwall sides of the past have been built on strong partnerships; whether that be out wide in Matt Lawrence and Paul Ifill or in the middle with Tim Cahill and David Livermore, for example – having a duo that can gain an understanding and partnership with each other is an important cog in any attempt at victory.
Romeo arrived from Gillingham after impressing Neil Harris in one trial match. The manager stated that that was all he needed to make his decision on the youngster – since coming in to the first XI, the right-back has repeatedly impressed, producing performances beyond his years, showing real maturity in his play.
Rumblings of Premier League interest may be far-fetched for now, but perhaps the son of Jazzie B will find himself playing at the top level later in his career.
Onyedinma, meanwhile, showed promise early in his Den career, but – perhaps by his own admission – somewhat faded after the beginning of last season.
However, this year has seen the winger gain more experience, sometimes in a centre-forward role as opposed to his more natural wide position, with the youngster looking back to his best.
As a pair, Mahlon and Fred offer something different from the norm.
The Boys Have Got Skills – here’s hoping Fred keeps playing the role of Romeo’s Juliet and their love affair continues.