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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



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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