QPR fans hopeful for new player agreement: Perspective.
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QPR fans hopeful for new player agreement: Perspective.

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QPR’s 1-0 win over Preston North End on Saturday brought them to 50 points for the season. Martí Cifuentes hopes to guarantee their safety against Leeds United on Friday night.

After another challenging season, R’s fans will be relieved to see the end of it and hope that next season will bring better fortunes to Loftus Road.

Chris Willock, who has been an integral part of the Hoops team for four seasons, could be vital to turning things around. However, with his contract set to expire in the summer, Cifuentes has a race against time to re-sign his star player for the upcoming season.

Cifuentes needs Willock to stay

Willock has enjoyed his time in London since leaving Portugal in 2020. Many fans have praised his dribbling ability and desire to create opportunities for others.

A great 2021/22 campaign demonstrated the former England youth international’s ability, as he scored 18 goals for his team, which ended 11th in the Championship. Earning comments comparing him to former QPR great Eberechi Eze.

Despite this, hamstring ailments have plagued the winger, resulting in inconsistencies over the last few years, as well as a lack of consistent game time under former manager Gareth Ainsworth.

Willock has found the new system implemented by current coach Martí Cifuentes to be beneficial. Since joining, the winger has played a much more consistent role in the club, starting 22 of the 32 games Cifuentes has managed. His results have reflected the trust shown in him, with seven goals and a dribbling output comparable to his greatest season.

For Cifuentes, the message is clear in how he views Willock: “He knows how much we rate him, and I think he knows how much we like him.

“But what is going to happen in the future I don’t know. What is sure is that he showed today that he loves this club and that he wanted to play here and help us.”

Willock and Chair could be the key cog for QPR next season

With Championship football seeming practically guaranteed for QPR next year, they must do everything possible to keep their star player.

Along with fellow creative Ilias Chair, the Hoops have a very talented attacking threat who does not score as many goals as they should. The addition of a clinical striker to play either side of Willock and Chair would undoubtedly assist enhance their modest 41 goals this season.

However, Willock’s affection for QPR is apparent, and with 11 other players’ contracts expiring this summer, a rebuild appears to be on the horizon. Cifuentes’ message to him is plain, and in what will very certainly be a completely new-look team, the exciting Willock cannot afford to be left out.

 

 

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