QPR manager Mark Warburton has told his players that they need to be patient whenever they are not in the team and believes that he is being “fair and consistent” in giving opportunities to as many players as possible.
Speaking to West London Sport after Grant Hall was omitted from the line-up against Reading in midweek despite recovering from injury, Warburton said: “I like to think I’m fair and consistent with all the players.
“Grant has been a model professional. He played every minute for me up until his injury. Then, like any player – Toni [Leistner] had to be patient early on – Grant is being patient.
“Lee Wallace is being patient too because Ryan Manning is playing well. Dom Ball is being patient. It’s about the squad.” [via West London Sport]
Warburton has given gametime to 22 players so far this season, with all but three of those getting at least 300 minutes of action. [via TransferMarkt]
With 15 matches in all competitions so far in 2019/20, amounting to a total of 1,350 minutes of football, only three players have reached four-digit numbers in terms of minutes on the pitch, although Ilias Chair is just one away from 1,000. [via TransferMarkt]
The ever-present Manning is the only player to have featured in every game across Championship and Carabao Cup, with Eberechi Eze the only other member of the squad to start every league match this term.
Fellow centre-back Leistner did not start any of the first five league games but has been ever-present since the end of August, as per TransferMarkt.
Ball has been in and out of the team this season, being made to wait until late August for his first league appearance of 2019/20 against Wigan and then getting a run of six games in defensive midfield before dropping out of the team after the defeat at Cardiff in early October. [via TransferMarkt]
Wallace has had to be the most patient of all, unable to get a look-in with Manning the firm favourite at left-back and making the bench just three times in the current campaign without making an appearance. [via TransferMarkt]
Warburton has shown a willingness to adjust his starting line-up this season, with the examples above demonstrating that players can come into the team and get a run of matches but also run the risk of being left out of the side for a succession of games if someone else takes their position.
With QPR fifth in the table and only one point off the automatic promotion places, the manager can point to that and feel that his team selection policy is justified.
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