Millwall boss Neil Harris believes the reason Blackburn Rovers supporters may boo Connor Mahoney on Saturday is because of his ability and their disappointment over his 2017 exit, South London Press report.
“Supporters boo players for two reasons. One, there has been an incident in a game or they have said something in the press that riles the fanbase. Or, two, they are a very good player and fans just like to boo good players. I guess in this case it would be the latter. Connor is a very, very good player,” Harris explained.
“He made a footballing decision a few years ago when he was very young. I’m sure Blackburn fans will be disappointed to have lost a very talented player.”
Mahoney signed for Blackburn from Accrington Stanley in 2013, joining the development squad.
The 22-year-old established himself as a top youngster at Rovers, becoming the club’s third youngest debutant in their history when he came off the bench in an FA Cup tie against Manchester City.
Mahoney became a first-team regular in the Championship under Tony Mowbray, but the club’s relegation to League One prompted the player to join Bournemouth on a four-year deal in 2017.
The winger now plays for Millwall after a loan spell at Birmingham City last term. He is among the Championship’s best crossers of the ball, suiting Harris' strikers Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
The Lions will feel they signed a bargain in Mahoney this past summer, and this weekend he has the opportunity to show former club Blackburn just how much he has developed over the past 18 months.
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