Bright Osayi-Samuel has spoken about Mark Warburton and the impact of Queens Park Rangers’ senior players in an exclusive interview with Football League World.
Following their 0-0 draw against Swansea City, QPR are still just nine points above the relegation zone, so it will be incredibly important that they are able to keep their heads in tough situations.
This can include fighting back from behind, getting the better of their opposition when a game is in the balance, or hanging onto a lead under intense pressure.
Osayi-Samuel has opened up about some of the men who are integral to ensuring that will happen for the team: “He [Warburton] brings togetherness because there is a diversity of young players and older lads. He brings us all together and we’ve seen in games where things aren’t going our way for the young lads, you can see the older ones pushing us, even if it’s criticism, you have to take it.
“Last game I didn’t play that well, and Angel [Rangel] had a go at me, and for myself I knew that it’s criticism. When you’re doing well, people are praising you and when you’re not, people are getting on to you. That makes me stronger, not just in football, but outside of it as well.”
It seems fairly obvious that a manager will have a major influence on their team’s fortunes, but Osayi-Samuel’s comments indicate that he is having a distinctly positive one.
However, it is nearly impossible for him to be able to instruct every player all the time, so it is important that he has players that can be trusted to do this, such as Rangel in the winger’s example given above.
An indication of how useful this type of attitude can be came against Leeds United, when the Rs saw out the game with a 1-0 win despite having held just 34.7% of possession.
With all of the above in mind, the 22-year-old’s comments should be seen as a real positive sign for QPR.