Queens Park Rangers assistant manager John Eustace has urged both Rob Dickie and Ilias Chair to remain with the Rs this summer.
The Rs have already seen influential players like Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel leave the club in the last two transfer windows. That came with the pair having outgrown the Championship and wanting to move on to a higher level. QPR will be keen to keep hold of their key assets this time around to give themselves the best chance of building on their progress since the turn of the year.
Eustace had urged Osayi-Samuel to commit to a new deal before his departure for Fenerbahce, and the likes of Chair and Dickie could be the next players to have a similar decision to make over their futures this summer. The pair have both been very strong performers this term and have emerged as some of the best players in the league in their respective positions.
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Speaking to West London Sport, Eustace was keen to stress that QPR is an excellent place for developing and improving talented players. He urged Dickie and Chair to give it at least one more season with the Rs to see how much more they can be developed.
He said: “They’ve been very good this year, as Brighty was and as Ebere was.
“But this is an environment where the players can flourish.
“It’s a fantastic learning environment as well. We’ve got some really good coaches here and what we do is geared to develop players and make them better.
“The longer the players are in this environment I can only see them flourishing and getting better. So it’s about picking the time when they need to move.
“Rob Dickie has had a fantastic season but there’s still a lot of improvement to go and for him to stay with us another season or two won’t do him any harm at all.
“The same with Ilias; you can see the progression with Ilias and at least one more season with us will benefit him again.
“It’s a really good place for the younger players to come and work. You can see our players are getting good moves and interest from top clubs because we do things right here.”
QPR seem to be in a better place to keep hold of Dickie and Chair than they were with Eze and certainly with Osayi-Samuel. The influential pair remain under contract until 2024 and 2025 respectively and that means that the club will be under no pressure to sell them off and can afford to maintain a firm stance over them.
Eustace’s comments here appear to be completely justified, with the Rs showing that they have the ability to improve young and talented players in the last few years. Dickie is only in his first season at Championship level after moving from Oxford United and he has been an excellent player for QPR this term at the back. In another year’s time, he could be even further along his development if he stays.
Chair, meanwhile, has really been able to establish himself as the main man in terms of chance creation for the Rs this term and he has produced in that role scoring eight times and providing three assists. Another season as the key man under Warburton would not harm his development at all.