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QPR struck gold after signing Ilias Chair

It’s been a frustrating few years for Queens Park Rangers as they’ve quickly had to accept mid-table mediocrity since their relegation from the Premier League in 2015.

Over the last six seasons, the west London outfit have only finished in the top 10 of the Championship on one occasion, largely owing to the owners reducing investment in the club. However, their change of approach to try and achieve success through more organic and efficient means has certainly had some positive effects as well.

No longer is the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium home to a plethora of washed-up, big-name players looking for a final payday. Instead, it homes a host of talented homegrown footballers who are hungry to impress.

Eberechi Eze is the most famous example of QPR’s fresh approach, with the highly-rated youngster moving to Crystal Palace for a sizeable fee last summer before illustrating his credentials on the biggest of stages.

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The R’s next academy graduate capable of following a similar career path is continuing to light up the Championship on a regular basis.

Since making his first team debut back in 2017, Ilias Chair has established himself as one of the division’s most exciting and promising talents, bagging 20 goals and providing 18 assists in 124 QPR appearances.

The 24-year-old’s eye-catching displays have earned him two caps for Morocco and plenty of praise from several plaudits, including Ryan Dilks.

“Ilias Chair, in particular, looked great,” said the podcaster after a devasting performance from the player against Nottingham Forest last season.

“The issue with him last season was, we saw glimpses of brilliance, but he’d do it once every three games – but if he gets going, he could be quality this season. I know it’s a lot of praise, but if he does build some consistency, he could be their Ebere Eze from this season, couldn’t he?”

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It seems as though Chair has taken his game to another level this time around. In just 17 outings for Mark Warburton’s charges in 2021/22, the midfielder has found the back of the net on six occasions, providing a further four assists for his teammates.

His exploits for both club and country have seen his market value rise to £3.6m, and with his current contract not set to expire until the summer of 2025, that figure is only set to rise.

It remains to be seen where the £11,000-per-week magician’s long-term future lies, but whether he stays or goes, QPR have certainly struck gold over the youngster who they signed for free.

If he chooses to stay loyal to the Hoops, then Chair could be the catalyst to fire them back to the Premier League, while his potential exit is likely to generate a sizeable income. Either way, QPR chiefs will surely be delighted with the outcome.

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