Angel Rangel has described his Queens Park Rangers teammate Dom Ball as the ‘English Xavi’.
The pair have been exchanging pleasantries on Twitter throughout the season, and Rangel sent another yesterday when he described the 24-year-old as the ‘English Xavi’:
The English Xavi!
— Àngel Rangel (@arangelz) May 1, 2020
Rangel is 13 years Ball’s senior, but both have proved hugely important players for Mark Warburton this season. Rangel was becoming more of a regular feature after New Year, putting his experience to good use as QPR began to fix their ever-leaky defence.
Ball meanwhile has become the heartbeat of this QPR side. For all the attacking flair and excitement they have, Ball’s presence in the midfield has been as important as any contribution this season.
Signing on a free from Rotherham United in the summer, many expected him to be nothing more than a squad player this year.
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But with 22 Championship appearances to his name, the bulk of those coming in the second-half of the season so far, he’s proved a keen signing and also looks to be a candidate for the vacant armband come next season.
The break has come at a bad time for Ball and QPR – both were coming into their season best form before the postponement, and QPR were looking to mount a late and unprecedented play-off push in the final nine games of the season.
Ball has proved to be QPR’s best free signing in a number of years, and unexpectedly too.
His overall midfield play has earned him the title of the ‘English Xavi’, and he looks set to become a hugely important player for the club, and a potential future captain too.