After another excellent performance for QPR at the weekend, Nahki Wells is proving himself to be one of the key players for The Rs.
The loanee from Burnley scored the winner against Middlesbrough on Saturday, to score his fifth league goal of the season. The win now keeps The Hoops within touching distance of the playoffs in the Championship, something that would have seemed unimaginable when Wells arrived at Loftus Road at the end of the summer. However, the Bermuda international’s influence has continued to grow as his club have slowly climbed up the league table.
It was not just the goal that marked Wells’ performance out at the weekend, but his tireless performance. He never ceased to run, and was a continuous threat against a Boro team that were flying high.
Manager Steve McClaren will now be desperate to sign Wells permanently, as they do not want to be in a similar predicament come the beginning of next season. Both Wells and fellow striker Tomer Hemed are loan signings, and will be gone at the end of the season. However, the 28-year-old Wells is making such an impression at Loftus Road that it seems imperative that the club signing him permanently in January. This gives them security and something to build upon in subsequent seasons.
While it would have been debatable a few months ago as to which player would have been better to sign: Wells or Hemed, the Bermudan is pulling away from his teammate and proving to be fundamental to The Rs’ success this season.