Queens Park Rangers’ forward Nahki Wells looked a touch off the pace against Fulham on Friday night – are his travels on international duty getting the better of him?
It looked like QPR were in for a fine showing on Friday night, when they took the lead at Craven Cottage after just three minutes.
Jordan Hugill bundled the ball over the line but it was cancelled out by goals either side of half-time from Fulham Aboubakar Kamara, on what was his first league start since the opening day of the season.
Mark Warburton’s side had the chances to take something from the game – Wells drew a good save from Marek Rodak at 1-0 and should’ve converted a one-on-one later in the first-half.
Wells had started the season in prolific form for QPR in his second-straight loan-spell from Burnley. But as QPR’s form has dropped so has Wells’, and the striker looked particularity tired against Fulham.
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Wells was in Mexico two days before. The 29-year-old represents Bermuda on the international stage and has 12 goals in 19 appearances for the team.
The North American side have been competing in the CONCACAF Nations League this season and Bermuda have competed in Group B with Mexico and Panama.
Jetting off to Mexico for this months international break, Wells has now headed overseas in all three of this season’s international breaks – in September he bagged a brace in Panama before doing the same against Luton Town five days later, and last month he netted for Bermuda at home to Mexico, a week before QPR beat Hull City 3-2.
This last trip to Mexico only gave Wells two days rest before going straight into a tough game away at Fulham, and the demands of international football looked to have caught up with the forward.
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QPR line-up against Forest tomorrow and face Derby County at the weekend, as the Christmas congestion begins to break teams in the Football League – if Wells plays in both of the games, he will have played in four different football matches in four different stadiums in ten days.
It was evident that Wells was a touch of the pace on Friday but who can blame him? A rest might be the much-needed thing for Wells to refocus, and find his scoring form once again for QPR.