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Versatile QPR man quickly becoming key Warburton asset: Comment

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The numbers say it all for Queens Park Rangers’ Ryan Manning, as the Irishman’s become one of Mark Warburton’s key players.

Ryan Manning moved to West London from Galway United in the League of Ireland First Division in 2015. He played a part in his first two seasons in English football, making 37 appearances in total and scoring three goals.

The appointment of Steve McClaren in 2018 saw Manning fall out of favour at QPR, and he was sent out on-loan to Rotherham United where he played 18 times and scored four goals before he was recalled early.

Mark Warburton became the new QPR manager in the summer, and instantly took a shine to the 23-year-old Manning. Warburton has so far favoured his youngsters, and Manning is one of a host of young players who’ve become first-team regulars at Loftus Road.

A central midfielder by trade, Manning has undergone a huge plot twist this season. Warburton has been playing Manning as a left-wing back in either a back-four or five, and the move has paid dividends.

After the 4-2 win against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, stats emerged for the season so far and Manning was leading most. The graphic below shows Manning’s season in numbers – he’s the highest-ranked QPR player for all the stats shown in this graphic:

In a team with so many young stars, it’s easy for people to forget about the impact that Manning is having. He’s been a revelation under Warburton this season, whose masterstroke of moving him on to the left has created a whole new player out of 23-year-old.

Modern-style football favours a creative wing-back who loves to get forward and create. Manning has become one of them, taking inspiration from the likes of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool – his assist for Jordan Hugill’s goal at the weekend showed how good his crossing game has become.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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