Queens Park Rangers’ midfielder Ilias Chair has been in fine form this season, and has his new boss to thank for his run in the first-team. But the numbers don’t read all that well for the Belgian, who needs to add a few more goals to his game.
Having spent last season on-loan at League Two Stevenage, Ilias Chair returned to parent-club QPR this season and has jumped straight into the first-team.
It hasn’t fazed the 22-year-old either, his first-half performance against Leeds United last time out was one of a hardened Championship midfielder.
But Chair’s game is missing goals and if he could add that to his game, he’d be a world-beater.
Everyone talks about Ebere Eze at QPR and as good as he is, Chair gives the teams a slightly different dynamic in the middle of the pitch.
Eze is the one who drives the ball forward, jinking in and out of defenders. Chair is one who can win the ball back, work it out from tight spaces and start attacks, a more complete midfielder than Eze.
The role that Chair plays doesn’t present him as many goal-scoring chances as Eze, but regardless, Chair has had his chances to score this season and after 14 games of the Championship, he’s yet to get off the mark.
He scored six goals in half-a-season at Stevenage last year, and all sorts of goals at that – long-range, close-range, goals from wide.
A goal in the Carabao Cup against Bristol City earlier in the season was only Chair’s 2nd ever for QPR and as time ticks on, he’ll grow increasingly frustrated at his tally.
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He looks at home on the right of a midfield three for QPR but having yet to score a league goal, maybe he’s being played slightly out of position?
Chair’s got goals in him – he scored them from midfield at Stevenage last term. Whilst League Two isn’t quite on the level of the Championship, Chair himself would’ve been expecting to be on the score-sheet more this season.
A goal against Middlesbrough on Saturday would do him a world of good. He’s an amazing player and if he added goals to his game, he’d be in the same bracket as Eze.
It could be a question of Warburton changing his role ever so slightly as to unlock the goal machine inside of him, or it could be a question of time and adapting to the Championship.
One thing is certain though – we’re yet to see the best of Ilias Chair.