QPR completed their first two signings of the summer window on Friday, with full-back Lee Wallace and goalkeeper Liam Kelly arriving at Loftus Road – two pieces of business that former Hoop Clint Hill was full of praise for this week.
The former centre-back was never the most glamorous of players but that never stopped him from becoming a favourite amongst the fans – he’s tipping new-boy Wallace to make the same impact in W12.
Well, speaking to QPR’s official club website, the 40-year-old said:
“Lee is a great leader and influence in the dressing room and I saw that first hand. He has been through the good and bad times at Rangers and that shows the type of character he is.
“I know what the pressure is like to perform at that club and he knows it far more than me. He can handle that which says a lot about his capabilities because he knows what it takes to play football under pressure which is a big asset to have.
“I think they are really going to take to Lee because he will always give the shirt 100%, he will bomb forward when he can and be the first to track back.
“I know QPR fans love their maverick number 10s, but they also like players that play with their heart, and Lee is certainly one of those. He will give you everything he has.”
There’s no doubt who Hill was referring to when he says “maverick number 10”, while he himself is testament to the followup – the defender was a huge hit during his time with the R’s, in which he made 185 appearances, despite never providing the individual wonders synonymous with Adel Taarabt.
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In QPR’s position, grit and determination is equally important as, if not more than, individual ability and flair – Ebere Eze has proved that the latter combination is nothing without the former, as he was dropped by Steve McClaren towards the end of the former England boss’ tenure.
If 31-year-old Wallace plays with the passion that Hill expects him to, then he’ll surely become a popular figure under Mark Warburton and have a positive impact on the younger players in the dressing room, who will be looked upon to shape the future of the club should financial difficulties continue to stunt their progression.