Queens Park Rangers supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Championship at the weekend.
Steve McClaren’s men went into their meeting with London rivals Brentford at Loftus Road having lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in their preceding league clash, a result which brought their impressive five-match unbeaten run to an end. But the Hoops returned to winning ways on Saturday as goals from Massimo Luongo, Joel Lynch, and Nahki Wells inspired the hosts to a 3-2 success, a result which moved McClaren’s team up to tenth place in the Championship table.
As such, there have been many thrilled QPR fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on midfielder Luke Freeman for his role in their recent resurgence.
But it was former manager Ian Holloway who struck a £315,000 deal (as per Transfermarkt) for the Englishman back in January 2017, thus leaving him as the man McClaren must thank for equipping him with a Hoops lynchpin.
Ultimately, 26-year-old Freeman enjoyed a fine three-year stint at fellow Championship side Bristol City between 2014 and 2017 to underline his capabilities in the second tier, appearing 44 times for the Robins in the 2015/16 campaign as they finished 18th upon return to the Championship.
And QPR saw fit to lure the midfielder to the capital little under two years ago for a relatively modest fee – a fee which Freeman has paid back and more during his time at Loftus Road.
The Englishman, capped at Under-16 and Under-17 level by his country earlier in his career, scored twice and laid on four assists in 16 appearances in the 2016/17 season to help steer Holloway’s men away from the relegation mire, eventually finishing just two points clear of danger in 18th place.
And that was just the sign of things to come for Freeman at Loftus Road as he enjoyed a stellar season last time round in a Hoops shirt, netting five goals and laying on a mightily impressive 13 assists as Holloway’s men solidified and eventually ended up 16th in the division – unsurprisingly, no one in the QPR squad laid on more assists than the 26-year-old last season.
And the former Bristol City ace continues to be a Hoops lynchpin this time round under the stewardship of new boss McClaren, with the midfielder starting all 17 of their Championship matches so far this term, in which time he has scored three times and laid on an assist to continue delivering in the final third of the pitch.
McClaren undoubtedly deserves a huge amount of credit for turning things around at Loftus Road after a woeful start to the season, but it’s former boss Holloway who he owes a hell of a lot for providing him with a QPR lynchpin in 26-year-old Freeman.
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