After experiencing an encouraging start to the 2019/20 Championship campaign for Queen Park Rangers, Ilias Chair could be about to be rewarded with a new contract by manager Mark Warburton.
According to talkSPORT, the 21-year-old is currently in discussions over a new deal and may be poised to commit his future to the Hoops.
Chair, who joined the R’s from Belgian side Lierse, was handed his debut for the club by then-boss Ian Holloway in a Carabao Cup clash with Northampton Town in 2017.
After impressing for the Hoops’ Under-23 side during the first-half of the previous campaign, the midfielder was loaned out to League Two side Stevenage in January where he excelled.
Although he was unable to lead Boro to the play-offs, he nevertheless ended the year with six goals to his name as well as six assists.
Since returning to the Hoops in the summer, Chair has made seven appearances in all competitions for Warburton’s side.
If he does indeed agree to new terms over the coming days, it could have a significant impact on the fortunes of the club’s other players.
Keeping this in mind, we have selected ONE winner and ONE loser at QPR if Chair extends his stay at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Check them out below…
Winner: Nahki Wells
Currently on a season-long loan from Burnley, Nahki Wells has made a solid start to what is his second spell with the Hoops.
After opening his account in the club’s Carabao Cup victory over Bristol City last month, the forward recently added to his tally by scoring against Wigan Athletic.
Whilst there is no doubting that the forward has more than enough quality at his disposal to thrive in the Championship, in order for him to have the best chance of taking the Hoops to new heights, he needs a sufficient amount of service.
Therefore, he will unquestionably happy if Chair commits his future as the Morocco Under-23 international is more than capable of producing an eye-catching pass.
Providing that Wells and Chair can form a lethal partnership, there is no reason why the R’s cannot launch a sustained push for a top-six finish in the Championship over the coming months.
Loser: Josh Scowen
Since joining the R’s in 2017 from Barnsley, Josh Scowen has been a mainstay in the club’s starting eleven.
A solid performer during the previous campaign, the midfielder helped the R’s avoid relegation to League One by featuring on 35 occasions in the Championship.
Yet despite appearing on six occasions for the Hoops this season, Scowen may be concerned about the prospect of Chair signing a new deal.
Having recently been dropped for the midfielder, there is a chance that the 26-year-old will have to settle for a cameo role for the foreseeable future.
To prevent this from occurring, Scowen must prove to Warburton in training over the coming weeks why he should be selected instead of Chair.