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‘He’s the real deal’ – Pundit lauds Queens Park Rangers man

Queens Park Rangers' Ilias Chair celebrates with Seny Dieng and Chris Willock after the final whislte

Sky Sports pundit Glenn Murray has heaped huge praise on Queens Park Rangers playmaker Ilias Chair. 

The 23-year-old has been his one of his side’s biggest threat this campaign, scoring six goals. The Morrocan is only two goals away from equalling his goal tally from last season. His attacking flair and creativity has seen him be compared to former Hoops player Adel Taarabt, who was a sensation at Loftus Road.

Chair joined QPR in 2017 from Belgium side Lierse. It was at a loan spell at Stevenage in 2019 where he started to show his undeniable talent.

Scoring six goals in 16 League Two games, the attacking midfielder was quickly recalled back to the West London side.

Chair is now one of the first names on Mark Warburton’s team sheet due to his incredible goal threat.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Murray said: “There’s no question about his talent. He’s such an exciting prospect.

“I noticed him a couple of years ago and he’s the real deal.”

The comparison with Taarabt is also down to Chair’s ability to create something out of nothing. Grabbing goals against Blackburn and Peterborough, he’s a constant threat to defences in the Championship.

“He’s got that low centre of gravity, he can get underneath players but he’s also got vision, he can see a pass and he can score a goal,” said Murray.

Despite his great start to the season, Murray was quick to mention something that Chair needs to improve on.

He added: “The one thing I have to mention is him out of possession. I think as a young man, you don’t want to get that tag of not being able to defend or not want to defend.”

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Mackie inducted into hall of fame

Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jamie Mackie has been inducted into the Forever R’s Club.

Mackie was introduced to applause by the QPR faithful at half-time against Nottingham Forest.

The 36-year-old made 150 appearences for QPR over two spells, scoring 24 goals. This including memorable strikes against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Joining from Plymouth Argyle in 2010, Mackie became an instant fans’ favourite. He was an influential figure in the Hoops’ promotion from the Championship in the 2010/2011 campaign where they went up as champions.

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