Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has lavished praise on youngster Michael Doughty, stating that he has been impressed with the midfielder’s transformation.
Doughty, 22, was handed his very first start for the R’s earlier in the season in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium and the Rangers boss is pleased with the progress being made.
Doughty has been on the fringes of the first-team for a couple of years and earned a taste for the Football League during a loan spell with Gillingham last season, where he featured nine times for the Kent-based club.
He has made the step-up this season however and Ramsey feels that the starlet should be an inspiration to other youngsters coming through the ranks at Loftus Road.
He told Get West London: “To his credit we sat down at the end of last season and spoke about his running ability, his weight and his application.
“His future at the club was well and truly in the balance. He got told in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t really going to be in my plans unless he came back in better shape and with an enthusiasm that will force me to pick him.
“It is easy to go off in the summer and enjoy yourself but his dedication and commitment has been superb and it’s been noticed by a lot of people at the club.
“He has been at the top of all the fitness tests we have done. For a young man to come in and do what he has done has been outstanding.”
Rangers travel to Hull City tomorrow looking to get back to winning ways following defeat to Nottingham Forest and a midweek draw with Blackburn Rovers.
Chris Ramsey’s QPR currently sit in eighth place in the Sky Bet Championship, having amassed 11 points from seven league games thus far this season.
R’s fans… Can Doughty be the next youngster to make the step up to regular first-team football? Has the last week been a big set back for the club? Is Ramsey still the man to take you forward? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!