England Championship side Wycombe Wanderers coach Gareth Ainsworth has heaped praise on Ugandan striker Mubiru Uche Ikpeazu and believes ‘there is more to come’ from the striker.
Mubiru Uche scored his first goal for Wycombe and first in the Championship since making his move to the club in August 2019 from Scottish side Hearts.
But the goal was not enough to earn victory for the Chairboys who succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday, but nonetheless, Uche’s performance was enough to earn praise from his manager.
“I thought he played his role really well and there is more to come,” Ainsworth said after the game, adding; “He can get better.”
“What a strike and I am so pleased for him,” Ainsworth added.
The Ugandan striker scored in incredible style cutting inside from the right before unleashing a sweet left-footed belter into the top corner.
It was also his first goal since September 2019 when he scored against Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby in Scotland, and after the ball hit the net, Uche ran over to the dugout and hugged Ainsworth.
The emotion of scoring was evident for the 25-year-old in only his eighth appearance this season after missing up to two months of the season though injury.
“He is such a humble, hardworking guy, he wants to learn and he is so grateful for his chance in the Championship,” Ainsworth stated.
“He came over to me and said, ‘thank you for bringing me here’, and that is just brilliant to hear. That is how much it means to him and that is real life.”
“That isn’t just football, this is someone who has come across with the humility he has got to say ‘thank you gaffer for bringing me to the Championship’, and those moments can never be taken away.”
“Yes, the defeat hurts but we have got that moment and we will savour that,” the coach continued.
The defeat further compelled Wycombe’s misery as they continue to dwell at the bottom of the English Championship with 15 points from 23 games.
Wycombe turn their focus to the FA Cup where they host Preston North End on next Saturday before back-to-back away league fixtures against fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.