This is what I like to see.
Perhaps it’s a sign that he’s been reading my articles, or we just happen to be on the same wavelength. I hope it’s the former, but it’s probably the latter.
I’ve spoken in the past about how members of the QPR team have to start ‘stepping up’ when it comes to scoring goals this season, and although part of that was in preparation for the 2020/21 campaign, the problem has been made more prominent in the wake of Nahki Wells’ departure to Bristol City.
And it looks as if Mark Warburton has set the players the exact same task. Speaking ahead of today’s game with Huddersfield Town, Warburton spoke about how the Hoops’ style of play should allow the rest of the team to get their respective numbers up:
“The chances are falling to different individuals, rather than one person, and we have to take them as a team. “Jordan [Hugill] is the main man as a proven goalscorer with what he has done this season. He’ll relish it, I have no doubt. I’ll be saying to the likes of Brighty [Osayi-Samuel], Ilias [Chair], Ebs [Eze], Mide [Oteh], Luke Amos… go and get yourself forward. Get into the key areas and get the goals that we need. It’s a great opportunity and I know that they will rise to that challenge.”
So look forward to a lot more goals going forward, because by the sounds of it, he wants to whole team to be in and around the box taking their chance, hopefully we’ll get a repeat of the Cardiff & Swansea games as a result.
Losing Wells was never going to be easy, back to back losses against Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City were evidence enough of that, but if the rest of the team can’t make up for what he brought us, that’s going to end up being a huge indictment of just how bad the players on this team are, and you can even pass some of that criticism onto the manager as well.
Will Hugill be able to replace the goals that Wells took with him?
It is however interesting in all this that he mentions Armide Oteh in with the rest of the players. Having spent the first half of the season on loan at Bradford City only scoring four goals in all competitions, it looks as if he’s going to take on the task of backing up Hugill for the rest of this campaign. Let’s see if he’s up to the task.