Bright Osayi-Samuel is starting to make a name for himself in the Championship, with the winger putting in a number of impressive performances for Mark Warburton’s QPR.
The midfielder had previously been turning out for Blackpool, but made the bold move to Loftus Road in September 2017 to further his career.
In an exclusive interview with Football League World’s Jacob Potter, the QPR winger revealed why he chose to sign for the London-based club back in 2017.
“I chose QPR because at the time I felt they were the team that were more interested in me and the way people told me about Ian Holloway, who came from Blackpool as well.
“To me, it was a no-brainer at the time for me to choose QPR and another factor was that it was in London as well, where a lot of my family are from.”
Osayi-Samuel was signed by QPR boss Ian Holloway, and the winger revealed exactly what the Loftus Road favourite had to say to him when he arrived at the club.
“He just said to show how good I am. There was a reason why they bought me, so he said to show them why they paid that amount for me. So, it gave me confidence on and off the ball.
“Even when I wasn’t playing at the time, I would spend 20-30 minutes with him, Birchy or Chris Ramsey at the time, to do extras on how to improve on our game.”
The midfielder has been a regular in Mark Warburton’s side this season in the Championship, making 26 appearances in total for the Hoops.
Osayi-Samuel stated that he is enjoying his football at this moment in time, and is growing in confidence as the season progresses.
“The more games you play, the more confident you get. I feel as though game by game, I’m starting to be myself more and show what I’m capable of, showcasing my skills and how good I am. I’m enjoying it at the minute.”
The Nigerian-born winger already has five goals to his name, which makes it his most successful season in front of goal in his professional career to date.
He went on to reveal why he has shown improvement in front of goal, and is hoping to add to that tally before this year’s campaign reaches a conclusion.
“I think, if I’m being honest, the thing with me is that I’ve always had chances but I’ve not had the composure when it really matters. Recently in the past two months, I feel like I’m more composed. When there’s a chance, I’m thinking about it rather than rushing it.
“That’s why I think I’ve scored more goals this season. I feel as though the more I do in training, the more I put myself in those situations of being composed and being relaxed when the chance comes, the more I do in training, the more I score in games. I believe most games I do create chances and it’s now time for me to score them.”
Keep your eyes peeled for the next segment of Jacob’s interview with Osayi-Samuel, where we take a look at the influence that Mark Warburton has had with QPR so far, and his aims for the remainder of the season.