Polter relieved to finally get first-team opportunity at QPR
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:36 08 January 2016
Sebastian Polter says his recent goalscoring run in QPR’s first team has taken a huge weight off his shoulders after a frustrating start to life in England.
The 24-year-old, who joined from German side FSV Mainz on a three-year deal back in July, says he is relieved to finally get an opportunity to play after rarely featuring during the first few months of the season.
He told the Times: “I’m happy to have the chance to play now, and show the team and the fans what I am all about.
“The four months previous to that I wasn’t able to do that, which was frustrating, but it is a clean slate now.
“I feel a little bit of freedom for myself when I score. I give everything in training and on the pitch so I can get that feeling week after week.
“The gaffer is giving me a run in the first team at the minute and has shown confidence in me and I think I have paid him back so far. I will give my all to him and the club in order to do well.”
Polter has netted in successive home games against Huddersfield Town and Hull City, leading the attack in the absence of the injured Charlie Austin.
And the German striker, who cost the Rs in the region of £1million, says he never had any doubt in his mind he could produce the goods at this level.
He added: “I am a striker and it is my job to score goals. I have known all along that I can play at this level, and now I am getting that opportunity to prove that – so I am in a good place.
“I gave everything the first day I came here and I’ll continue to do that until the day I leave – that is the way I am.
“It was not a good start for me here as I only got an opportunity to play in the cup and here and there in the league.
“But the situation has changed and the new manager obviously believes I can add something to the team.
“That is why I came to this club in the first place. I think I am a good player and well suited to this division.”
Polter, who scored an impressive 14 times in 29 games on loan at FC Union Berlin last season, admits he is working on improving parts of his game, most notably leading the line.
“I can hold the ball up but this is not one of my main strengths,” he admitted. “I love coming up against Nedum (Onuoha) in training.
“He is very strong and difficult to play against so the best way to improve is playing against him. I think I have a lot of strengths to my game as well, though.
“I love to run in behind defenders and cause them problems. I think I’m good in front of goal too, and hopefully QPR fans will see more of that very soon.”