Jordan Cousins: I’ll be on top of my game wherever I play for QPR
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:26 19 August 2016
Jordan Cousins believes QPR fans will see the best of him this season, regardless of where he is played.
The 22-year-old, a £1.4million summer signing from Charlton Athletic, has been deployed as a right midfielder by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the league so far this season, most recently impressing in a 2-0 win at Cardiff City on Sunday.
And Cousins, who has made over 130 appearances at this level, has no qualms with being played out of position as long as he is making the manager’s starting XI.
Speaking exclusively to the Times: “I’m just happy to be playing in such a good side at the minute, it’s one that is winning and has real momentum, so to be honest with you I don’t care where I’m playing.
“I’m comfortable doing a job wherever the manager puts me. He gives me instructions before a game and tells me what he expects of me.
“It’s not like I don’t know what I’m doing on the right, I’ve played there for Charlton quite a bit in the past, and I feel like I can give a lot to the team in that position.
“The morale in the squad is great, and there’s a lot of quality players in it, so it’s a big confidence boost for me to be in the starting XI.
“It’s my job to make sure I keep my place in the team now.
“I’m happy with how I’ve done so far, but I’m not satisfied and won’t stand still, that’s for sure.
“I still think I can improve in loads of areas, but I know I’m at the right club with the right manager to be able to do just that.
“I’m confident the QPR fans will see the best of me in the months to come, I just can’t wait for the games to keep coming thick and fast now.”
Cousins admits the atmosphere around W12 is a far cry from last season, where he suffered relegation to League One with his boyhood club, and says that he expects the current Rs side to have an altogether different year compared to that.
He added: “Ever since I’ve been here there’s been a real togetherness. I don’t know what it was like last season as I wasn’t here, but the boys here now have integrated me into the group so it’s been a seamless transition for me.
“I really feel comfortable and settled at QPR, it feels like home. It’s a lot more upbeat than my previous club for obvious reasons, too.
“There’s a lot more lads with Premier League experience here, and that helps a young player like me enormously as the advice they can pass on is invaluable.
“We have a nice blend of youth and experience in the dressing room – it’s a great place to be.”
He continued: “Even when we win the manager is always pointing out what we could have done better, he’s a perfectionist in that respect.
“It’s great to have someone like that as a manager, because you just keep on improving and improving, not only as a team but as an individual too.
“I think the way the manager has us set up and how organised we are as a team, as well as the quality we have in the squad, means we have as good a chance as anybody of being successful this season.
“I know the Championship well – I’ve played in it for three years after all. I know exactly what it takes to win games at this level.
“I think we’ve got a very capable squad that can win a lot of games, where that takes us I don’t know, but we are quietly confident.”