Queens Park Rangers midfielder Marc Pugh has said he has his “work cut out” to compete with the side’s up and coming stars.
The 32-year-old experienced playmaker has struggled to secure a regular starting place this term, making a total of just twelve league starts for Rangers.
Pugh, who joined the R’s on a free transfer in the summer after his contract at AFC Bournemouth came to an end, has had stiff competition in the attacking midfield from the likes of Ebere Eze, Ilias Chair and Bright Osayi-Samuel.
Speaking on the Open All R’s podcast, Pugh said that the quality of that attacking trio makes him work harder in training to give himself the best chance of getting into the squad.
“When you see out attacking line-up, you’ve sometimes just got to hold your hands up and work as hard as you can to do everything possible to get in the team,” he said.
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The 32-year-old also reflected on his own start to the season, which proved to be tough as he was often used as a late impact substitute.
“To be honest, coming from the Premier League, I knew that no one is guaranteed a place in the team,” he added.
“It was a difficult start to the season for me personally, I had to bide my time a lot and settle for the odd 15 minutes here and there.”
“As a player, you can’t really get any rhythm because you need to be starting games.”
Despite a tough start to the season, Pugh has featured more for the side in recent months, starting against Nottingham Forest, Derby and Birmingham City.
The midfielder knows he has his work cut out to continue to keep a starting place in the attacking midfield, but Mark Warburton will also know that Pugh brings vast experience to the side.
As it stands, there is no current indication when the league will resume, despite the EFL stating postponements are in effect until no earlier than April 30.
QPR currently sit in 13th in the Championship table with 50 points from 37 games.