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Mark Warburton has begun to turn around QPR’s fortunes since his arrival in the summer and much of that is down to the improvement he has made to individual players, some of whom have contributed match-winning performances.
That is vital as R’s boss, as the transfer budget only allows for free agents and loan players, which means the club is unable to sign whomever they wish.
At QPR there has been a greater focus on the youth academy in recent years, and Warburton has taken that philosophy on board, with the likes of Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair benefitting as a result.
The new boss is yet to find a formula to make his side effective in all departments, but there have been several positives to take from the first 16 league games, and the improvement in the three players below is certainly one.
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The improvement from the striker is clear for all to see, and from his recent comments it is clear to see that he is thoroughly enjoying his football in West London.
QPR now play a brand of passing, free-flowing football which suits Wells a lot better, and the on-loan Burnley man has already eclipsed his goal tally from last season despite playing only 14 league games.
There is plenty to be positive about for Wells, who has Warburton’s trust to play ahead of Jordan Hugill, and if he can continue linking up with the creative midfielders around him then he should have continued success.
One aspect of his game he will need to be aware of though is his mistakes. His backpass last week resulted in a Middlesbrough goal and with the R’s defensive record as bad as it is, they can’t afford any more slip-ups.
Last year under Steve McClaren the England U20 international showed glimpses of the player he could become, and though he gained valuable experience a return of four goals and three assists left a lot to be desired.
However, like Wells he has also benefitted from the new style of play, as well as the freedom granted to him by Warburton.
His role in the team now allows him to run at defenders and that is a big reason why he has made the most successful dribbles in the division, but the confidence given to him by his manager also plays a part.
Eze now has six goals and four assists in the Championship, which shows he has come a long way in just a few months.
Chair displayed his ability on a consistent basis last year when he scored six and assisted six in 16 games on loan at Stevenage last year, but to make the step-up from League Two in the fashion he has is quite an achievement.
He has occasionally struggled when he has featured for the R’s before this season, achieving a pass accuracy of 78% and 68% in 2017/18 and 2018/19 respectively, some way short of his 84% so far this campaign.
His confidence on the ball is clear to see and he keeps the midfield ticking over effectively, while also showing that he is capable of playing in a more advanced role with three assists under his belt already.