Queens Park Rangers have had an interesting season, one which has brought highs and lows but ultimately left them in the same place they were a year ago.
Former England manager Steve McClaren took over a side struggling to sign players, suffered a humiliating early defeat then flirted with the top six. Finally, they collapsed, tumbled back to their Ian Holloway position and McClaren was gone.
He did well to keep them in the Championship, but the progress wasn’t evident by the end of the season and they’re now looking for another incumbent of the manager’s role.
When the new man comes in, he’s going to have to do a root and branch assessment of the playing squad and he’ll like what he finds in some places.
Rangers have a lot of talented young players and if they can be utilised correctly, blended with experience and knowledge, they might stumble upon a recipe for success.
One player who has been incredible out on loan this season is Ilias Chair.
The 21-year-old emerged from the youth ranks at Loftus Road and even began the season in the manager’s plans.
After a run in the first team at Christmas has was sent out to Stevenage on loan, not the sort of glamour move that usually brings success to a player. Chair is different though.
He’s been incredible for Dino Maamria’s side.
The diminutive 5ft 2 star announced his arrival in League Two by bagging a stunning brace against leaders Lincoln City to earn his side a 2-2 draw after trailing 2-0 in the final minute.
He’s even bagged one from 70-yards and is fostering a reputation as a man who can, and will, shoot from anywhere.
His dead balls almost always draw a save and his impact has been nothing short of sensational.
He’s surely done enough to prove he’s worthy of a chance at Loftus Road.
Ebere Eze proved himself at Wycombe last season and now Chair has done the same on his lower league loan.
It could save the Hoops a few quid if they turn to their talented youngster and who knows, in the long run, he might be the next big thing to emerge from the club and earn them a huge transfer fee.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!