Nahki Wells was the difference for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
The Bermudan scored the only goal of the game as QPR welcomed and beat Leeds United in the Championship.
It kicked off a weekend of football and in controversial circumstances too – for the goal, the ball appeared to strike both the arms of Wells before he tapped into an almost empty net.
Leeds players and fans were left furious at the goal, with Leeds’ frustration summed up in the straight red card of Kalvin Phillips late on.
Wells though has continued his prolific start to 2020, and now has five goals in three games to start the year. Now on 13 Championship goals for the season, Wells is enjoying his best return in years:
It was all about the first-half for QPR on Saturday. The front-four of Wells, Ebere Eze, Ilias Chair and Bright Osayi-Samuel had Leeds pinned back throughout the first-half, and were lucky enough to snatch a goal when they did.
Wells had four shots that day, with QPR having nine in total compared to Leeds’ 17. The 29-year-old also put in two tackles as the R’s defended from the top, but had a below-average pass-rate of 61.5% – it was a fast-paced game on Saturday and Wells didn’t see much of the ball in the second-half, before leaving the field with seven-minutes to go.
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He’s adored at QPR, and everyone there would love to see him stay beyond this season. Wigan have today emerged as surprise candidates to sign Wells from Burnley this month – Sean Dyche is understood to be be willing to off-load Wells for a fee this month, and Wigan could be boosted by their potential sale of Kieffer Moore.
For now though, Wells is a QPR player and he’s admitted that he’d love to stay at the club. Mark Warburton’s side next host Sheffield Wednesday in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this Friday night, and Wells would go down in QPR folklore if he could inspire them into the next stages of the FA Cup and beyond.