Conor Masterson started his first league game for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
The 21-year-old has had to wait for his chance to impress Mark Warburton. He joined on a free from Liverpool in the summer and was set to go out on-loan this month, but with Toni Leistner picking up an injury, he’s ran into some unexpected game-time.
He started alongside Grant Hall in the heart of the defence yesterday, and has since won over the hearts of fans with a commanding display, showing experience well beyond his age as QPR ran out 1-0 winner.
Warburton is now expected to keep Masterson in West London rather than loaning him out, and he looks set to be a regular for the team alongside Hall at centre-back.
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Plenty of R’s fans had their say on Masterson’s first league start on Saturday, and here’s some of the best reactions:
Don't wanna jinx it but I think it's safe to say Kelly and Masterson need to start from now on. And Amos and Ball are our best cm partnership imo. #QPR
— Joshua Nukem (@JoshyNewcombe) January 18, 2020
Is Masterson the solution to our CB problem? From what little I've seen of him, looks much more suited to our new style than Leistner – deserves a run in the side after yday to show what hes got at least #QPR
— QPR ramblings (@QPRramblings) January 19, 2020
Dear @QPR please don’t send Masterson on loan that would be a Decision even stupid by our past standards
— Paul Finney (@paulfinney1969) January 18, 2020
The lads 21 first league start with a clean sheet? Big things coming from masterson
— sonny priske (@sonny_priske) January 18, 2020
I reckon if a meteorite had been hurtling towards Loftus Road this afternoon, Conor Masterson would have headed it away to safety.
— Dave Thomas (@akutrs) January 18, 2020
Masterson roaring “You R’ss” to the Loft end at the end of the game was my favourite moment. Top performance from him. #QPR
— Mark (@M_ImpsW12) January 18, 2020
Pace, calmness, physical and vocal. He looks a future captain to me.
— Petesaardvark (@petesaardvark) January 18, 2020