So Freddie is out on loan again, this time at Scunthorpe. There was a time when we expected our striking wonderkid to do a Jermaine Defoe and transfer his talents easily from the demands of youth and reserve football to those of the Premiership; but those days are long gone.
Loan spells at Crystal Palace and Coventry suggested the boy's promise, except in one vital area, putting the ball in the net. True, he did have a perfectly good goal disallowed at Palace, when the referee failed to spot that the ball had not only crossed the line but hit the back stanchion and rebounded out, but that apart, he was as lethal in front of goal as a overweight Egyptian in a West Ham shirt.
Well, last night, Freddie, by all reports had an exciting debut for Scunthorpe. True it was only the Championship and true, Preston are struggling, and true Freddie went yet another game without scoring; but he did do the next best thing, firing in a shot that rebounded off the post and into the path of a team mate, who netted.
What's better, to score with a shot that rebounds out and results in a goal not being given, or to set up a goal inadvertently by hitting the post? Freddie must still be yearning for that first senior goal in the league but the signs are there that it will come soon. And hopefully Freddie Sears goals will be like London buses, you wait and wait and wait and wait, and then ten come along at the same time!