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QPR Boss Warburton: Osayi-Samuel Could Stay In Wing-Back Role

QPR Boss Warburton: Osayi-Samuel Could Stay In Wing-Back Role

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton is considering keeping Bright Osayi-Samuel in the left wing-back role he featured against Fulham one more time.

Osayi-Samuel replaced Niko Hamalainen for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Fulham and did well in an unfamiliar role before being taken off after 90 minutes when the score was 0-0 in order to keep him fresh for the match at Kenilworth Road.

Warburton believes Osayi-Samuel has the versatility and the talent to play as a wing-back on a regular basis and showed enough defensively to suggest he could flourish in the new role.

“I thought Bright was excellent,” Warburton said.

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“In the first half he dropped a little bit too deep and didn’t get the ball enough to go against a high-quality opponent in (Kenny) Tete.

“But in the second half he showed real discipline defensively and got forward and I was really pleased.

“Bright can right, left, down the middle or wing-back. That is the first time anyone has seen him there. We have had a week of training, which has been nice, but I think he has the potential to stay there.

“Some of the best full-backs start as wide players and I think Bright has the ability to be an outstanding wide player and also a very good wing-back.”

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  • GLORY 1 week ago

    Just how to gradually get a player to believe less on their abilities. Wingback wing back nonsense. Same way they systematically destroyed Victor Moses, now he is no where to be found. Anyway it’s up to the players to accept.

     
    • Walex 1 week ago

      Exactly my thoughts and I think they do it mostly to blacks (not to sound racist though) but the list keeps growing – mikel, Moses,iwobi saka etal. Why haven’t they asked Messi or Ronaldo to try out at full backs throughout their career. At least they are fast too and are skillful as well.

       
      • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

        Bcos Messi and Ronaldo were constantly pilling up figures in Goals and Assist season after season. If you keep doing all your showboating on the wings and have no figures to show for it, you will one day make way for a less talented but more efficient player and end up in defense.

         
        • Igbekun Abo 1 week ago

          Sense no go kill you Dr. Drey. Your analysis are usually spot on. Well said. See how Victor Moses was showboating and falling down every minute at the World Cup before being converted to a full back. Then he provided the assist for Musa’s goal. At Liverpool, Victor Moses was simply awful as a winger. He was terrible. It was after conversion to wingback at Chelsea that he sat up. Like you said, sometimes African players bring this upon themselves. Thumbs up Drey.

           
  • JimmyBall 1 week ago

    Only African players get push to all these laborers role… That was how Wenger converted a solid Cameroonian midfielder Laurent Etame Meyer to right full back back in the days… Imagine telling Theo Walcott to Mason Greenwood to go play right full back. Well as a professional you have no choice though…