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QPR rely too much on Tjaronn Chery, admits Grant Hall

20:05 15 December 2016

Queens Park Rangers' Grant Hall during the pre-season friendly match at Loftus Road, London.

Queens Park Rangers' Grant Hall during the pre-season friendly match at Loftus Road, London.

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QPR defender Grant Hall has admitted that the club have become too reliant on Tjaronn Chery.

The Dutch attacker has created more chances than any other player in the Championship this season and centre-half Hall [pictured] says the 28-year-old is pivotal to Rangers.

He told the Times: “He is our go-to man for creating chances. We can’t just rely on Tjaronn to be doing that – we have to do that more as a team. There’s 11 of us out there. We all need to take responsibility.

“Tjaronn’s a fantastic player and we’re lucky to have him, but we’ve got to do more as a side to all chip in and relieve the pressure off him.”

Indeed Hall says it is essential that Chery and in-form goalkeeper Alex Smithies stay at the club, should they wish to push for the Premier League in the future.

The Times revealed last week that the Championship side are looking at extending the pair’s current deals, both of which expire at the end of next season.

He added: “It’s massive – we have to keep hold of both of them. If we want to push on to the Premier League we’ve got to keep hold of our best players and they are certainly two of them.

“Hopefully they can sit down and sort out their futures, as they can be integral to where we want to go.”

Hall himself is optimistic over his long-term future at the club, but admits his form has been indifferent so far this term following on from an outstanding maiden campaign in W12, when he was named Supporters’ Player of the Year.

“It’s been a bit hit and miss for me this season,” said Hall.

“I’ve struggled with a few injuries and inconsistent performances, which I didn’t have last year.

“I’m still a young player though and I’m learning every day. It was easier for me last season – I was the newcomer and no-one had really heard of me, so the pressure was off.

“Now people know what I’m capable of there’s more for me to live up to, which is what I want as well.

“There’s been times where I’ve been at that level, but there’s been times when I haven’t as well, so it’s just about finding that right balance and consistency to my game now.”

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