Ilias Chair would benefit from remaining at Queens Park Rangers for a further season.
That’s according to John Eustace, who, as cited by West London Sport, stated his belief that the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium is the perfect environment for the £3.6 million-rated attacking midfielder to continue his development as a footballer, rather than making a move away from the club this summer.
He said: “This is an environment where the players can flourish. It’s a fantastic learning environment as well. We’ve got some really good coaches here and what we do is geared to develop players and make them better.
“The longer the players are in this environment I can only see them flourishing and getting better. So it’s about picking the time when they need to move. You can see the progression with Ilias and at least one more season with us will benefit him again.”
“It’s a really good place for the younger players to come and work. You can see our players are getting good moves and interest from top clubs because we do things right here.”
So far this season, Chair has been in excellent form over his 44 appearances for Mark Warburton’s side, with the 23-year-old scoring eight goals, providing three assists and creating six big chances, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots and making 1.6 key passes per match.
These metrics have seen the £7,100-per-week midfielder earn a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.05 across QPR’s Championship campaign, ranking him as the club’s fourth-best performer in the second tier.
As such, it is unsurprising to read that Warburton’s assistant manager is eager to keep the Morocco U23 international at the club beyond the summer, especially after losing two of the club’s most promising talents, Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel, over the course of the last year.
And, should the Rs wish to maintain their impressive form of late – the club have picked up 19 points from their last 10 matches, ranking them fourth in the Championship form table – at the beginning of next season, with the ultimate aim of mounting a promotion push, it would indeed appear crucial that Amit Bhatia does not cash in on a player with Chair’s goalscoring and creative ability.
And, with the young midfielder – whom the Second Tier podcast host, Ryan Dilks, dubbed a “quality” player – seeing the likes of Eze and Osayi-Samuel earning big moves following their own exceptional seasons at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, perhaps the carrot dangled by Eustace could light a fire under Chair, one that helps QPR in securing a top-six finish next season.