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‘What a player he’s turning out to be’ – Few QPR fans expected this man to be one of the star performers this season

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For all the young stars that Queens Park Rangers have, an often understated one is Ryan Manning.

The Irishman began playing in an unfamiliar left-back role towards the end of last season and going into this campaign under Mark Warburton, that was his certified position on the pitch.

A central midfielder by trade, Manning has proved to be a revelation on the left. His season started emphatically and fans couldn’t believe how well he was performing in the defence.

But his season took a slight downturn in the build-up to Christmas, as did QPR’s in general, and Manning went through a tough spell of being on the bench.

Since last month though, the 23-years-old has burst back into the first-team and has been as prolific as ever – he looked to be back at his early season best, and he scored an emphatic winner v Preston last time out.

He cut inside from the left and with the same peg, arrowed a shot into the top-right corner of the net to complete QPR’s comeback with ten-men.

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Nobody questions his attacking ability, but the defensive side of his game has been alarming at times – even in the first-half against Preston, Manning was getting beaten every time, and it’s not the first time this season that he’s had a torrid afternoon defensively.

There’s still patches for Warburton to iron out of Manning’s game then, but fans only see him getting better. Manning has also caused a stir with Ireland fans, who believe that he should’ve been named in a match-day squad for them this season, but he’s still waiting on his first senior cap.

Here we take a look at what they’ve been saying on Twitter about Manning this season:


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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘What a player he’s turning out to be’ – Few QPR fans expected this man to be one of the star performers this season

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