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Lions boss Harris hails Millwall midfielder Abdou's adaptability

16 June 2015

Manager Chopper reveals insight into Jimmy's role in his team

Millwall boss Neil Harris believes that Jimmy Abdou's experience will be vital for The Lions throughout the upcoming campaign.

The 30-year-old signed a new two-year contract on Monday afternoon which will keep him at The Den until the summer of 2017.

And Harris, who has also tied youngsters Aiden O'Brien, Sid Nelson and John Marquis down to new deals in recent weeks, says that Abdou's know-how in his preferred formation will be key during 2015/16.

"Jimmy's strengths are vital, especially if you're playing in a two-man midfield," Harris told

"He picks and chooses when to go and when to stay and sometimes you need that experience.

"The beauty of Jimmy's game is that he can cover ground quickly, whether that is getting forward in the box or tracking back and covering others.

"Jimmy understands what it takes to play in a midfield pair and he is adaptable, which is so pleasing from my point of view.

"If somebody wants to sit deep then Jimmy can run on, but if he is with a partner who likes to get in the box then he can be the one who plays deeper and helps to shield the backline."

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