Ian Holloway Happy With Eberechi Eze; Ready To Give Bright Osayi-Samuel Chance To Impress At QPR
Queens Park Rangers Coach Ian Halloway has expressed his happiness on the progress made by Nigerian Youngster Eberechi Eze since his return from a loan spell at League Two side Wycombe Wanderers, Eberechi Eze has become a regular in the first team set-up and the coach is delighted with his contribution so far.
Holloway admits he’ll need to go over certain aspects of his game to work on, defensively.
A number of youngsters are stepping up and performing for the Hoops in the Championship right now, and Holloway is thrilled.
“Ebere’s wonderful to work with, but he’s got to learn his trade,” said the boss, when asked by Brittish tabloid Get West London.
“He’s very excited about what he can do. I want him to create goals and score goals, and he’s also got to defend for us.
“Without the ball, I am going to have to show him he’s got a job to do in this modern game.
“But I am happy with him, I think he’s a wonderfully balanced boy and he wants to learn.
“Where he’s going to end up playing, I am not quite sure yet because certain games you can’t have a No.10 – maybe he’ll have to learn to go up front, on the left or the right.
“I could talk all night about maybe seven of our younger players and the people they are – they want to learn and work hard – and some aren’t even back in the team yet.
“I have to make sure they are helping us win games and not costing us games.
“Let’s keep their feet on the ground, but what they are showing is they can step in and play in the Championship.
“We are not where I want to be yet as we give the ball away too often, but I am excited about it, and they are as well.
“He picks things up really, really quickly, and if you sit him down and show him something, he does that.
Eberechi Eze has made 12 appearances for QPR in the Championship since returning from the loan move to Wycombe Wanderers in January, he started his fourth match for QPR against Norwich City last night at Loftus Road, and the youngster was really impressive notching up his second goal of the season for QPR in a comprehensive 4-1 demolition of Norwich City.
Eberechi Eze started his footballing career with Millwall academy, and joined QPR in August 2016, initially on a one year deal. Blessed with quick feet and great skill, Eze put in some really promising performances for QPR’s Under-23’s and his potential was rewarded in January with a new long-term contract.
He made his debut for the QPR’s first team against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, but unfortunately, it lasted just 18 minutes as an injury saw him replaced by Yeni Ngbakoto.
After joining Wycombe Wanderers on loan in August 2017, he made 22 appearances, scoring five goals before returning to Loftus Road. Eberechi Eze was recently given the opportunity to train with the Super Eagles of Nigeria by Coach Genort Rohr before the friendly match against Serbia in London.
Queens Park Rangers boss may make changes to his side up at Hull City this weekend. The Hoops put in a great performance against Norwich City on Easter Monday, winning 4-1 at Loftus Road and Holloway admitted he could alter his side with three changes for the trip to the northeast.
“We have Hull City away next and I might consider putting in the other three who have not been used much,” he said.
“Ilias Chair, Alex Baptiste, and Bright Osayi-Samuel, because they have been flying in training.
“What a great choice for me. I might do that and keep things moving. The Norwich City win was a fantastic performance against a good footballing team.”
Bright Osayi-Samuel is a Nigerian–English footballer who plays as a left midfielder for Queens Park Rangers and he was signed from Blackpool last summer on a three-year deal.
Osayi-Samuel, who operates predominantly as a left winger, joined the Tangerines’ academy before breaking into their first team as a 17-year-old while the club was still in the Championship.
The pacey wide man made 26 appearances in League One in 2015/16, but it was last season when the Nigerian-born Osayi-Samuel really underlined his quality for Blackpool.
Making 42 appearances in League Two, he was an integral part of Blackpool’s promotion via the playoffs and produced a level of performance which attracted a host of interest throughout the summer.
Bright Osayi-Samuel made his first start for Ian Holloway’s side against Barnsley in September 2017 and has struggled for first team action ever since.