QPR boss: Samuel Osayi-Samuel could stay in wing-back role

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Bright Osayi-Samuel of Queens Park Rangers receives medical treatment. (Photo by Clive Rose-Getty Images)

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.

“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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