JASON Tindall believes Nnamdi Ofoborh’s loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers “did him the world of good” as he looks to battle for a starting spot at Cherries.

The young midfielder helped the Chairboys clinch an historic promotion from League One last season, scoring in the play-off semi-finals and starting the final at Wembley.

Ofoborh is now back at Cherries and was named on the bench for the Championship opener against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, before making his debut three days later in the Carabao Cup success against Crystal Palace.

Asked how much the 20-year-old has improved after his year away in Buckinghamshire, Tindall told the Daily Echo: “Since he’s been back in training he’s done very well, Nnamdi. Hence why he was involved at the weekend (against Blackburn).

“Obviously we had a couple of injuries but Nnamdi earned his right to be involved at the weekend.

“He had a great year last year on loan at Wycombe and I think that did him the world of good and really helped him in terms of his progression in his career.”

Ofoborh has generally featured in central midfield as he rose through the ranks at Cherries following his arrival in 2016 but he has shown his versatility in recent weeks.

The Nigeria under-20 international featured as part of a back three during pre-season, the same position he started against Palace. Against the Eagles he also ended the game playing right-wing-back, helping the side keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.

“Nnamdi is quite a flexible player,” said Tindall.

“He can play central midfield, but as you see when he went into the back three against West Ham in pre-season) he went there and slotted in very nicely and delivered a really good performance.

“I look at Nnamdi as ultimately first and foremost, he’s a central midfielder but he’s someone that I wouldn’t have any hesitation in playing him anywhere in the backline.”

Ofoborh, who featured for Millwall and Tottenham Hotspur in his earlier days, also scored from the penalty spot in the high-class shootout on Tuesday night.

He featured 25 times across all competitions for Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe last season.

Asked how big a role Ofoborh could play at Cherries this term, Tindall said: “The same as everybody else, Nnamdi will dictate that by the way he trains and when he’s given the opportunity, how he performs.

“But Nnamdi is competing with every other individual within the squad and we’re very fortunate we’ve got some really, really good players.”