Queens Park Rangers have one of the most exciting, young teams in the Championship – but where did it all begin?
Of the Championship’s 24 teams, few have as many talented youngsters as QPR. Mark Warburton inherited a team in the summer with bags of potential and so far, he’s getting the best from his side.
The team are 9th in the Championship after 15 games, and only two points off the play-offs as they host struggling Middlesbrough this weekend.
Former Brentford boss Warburton has made several names out of several young players this season – Ebere Eze has been the pick of the bunch, enjoying his best season in a QPR shirt. Ilias Chair has come into the first-team and done amazingly and the same can be said for Ryan Manning – Bright Osayi-Samuel is another name for the future at QPR.
These four, all 23-years-old and under, are not new to the club – Manning made his debut for the club almost three years ago, whilst the other three made theirs in the earlier stages of the 2017/18 season.
That season saw QPR’s Class of ‘18 emerge under then manager Ian Holloway, who the club have to thank more than they think for the four’s importance to the team now.
Manning in particular was a player who was out of favour before Holloway’s arrival, who gave him his chance in the first team.
Eze was also given his first taste of first-team action at the club by Holloway, having returned from a loan spell at Wycombe before the 2017/18 season.
Chair was taken on by Holloway after impressing on a trial with the club, and Bright was signed by Holloway in the summer of 2017.
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The four have really come to the fore under Warburton this season, who’s developed them beyond the potential that fans first thought going into this season.
But they’re Holloway’s youngsters, and he warrants just as much credit for their eventual importance to the first-team as the current boss does.
If it weren’t for Ollie, many of those players might not still be at the club, or even at Championship level for that matter.
His re-appointment at the club in November 2016 was met with harsh criticism from fans but overall, given the financial situation at the club and the players that were at his disposal he did a fantastic job, and was arguably deserved of another season in charge.