QPR hero Ferdinand delivers his verdict on Rangers striker

Former Hoops man says Bothroyd can fulfill his potential this season

QPR legend Les Ferdinand is backing striker Jay Bothroyd to fulfil his potential and become a regular goalscorer at Loftus Road this season.

Bothroyd was dropped by Rs boss Neil Warnock after failing to score in his first eight games since he signed during the summer, but showed hints of a return to form by netting his first two goals for the club in the matches against Tottenham and Manchester City.

The former Cardiff City, Wolves and Perugia forward has already stated his belief that he can score regularly this season, and Ferdinand, who netted 90 goals in 163 appearances for QPR, also feels Bothroyd can enjoy a successful season at Loftus Road.

“Jay’s had a lot of potential for a very long time, and he’s a very good player,” Ferdinand told the Times. “He’s had Premier League experience at Blackburn Rovers, and he’s also had a spell abroad.

“He had a very good season at Cardiff last year, he linked up really well with Michael Chopra and he can do the same with QPR’s other strikers this season.

“But now he’s back in London, where he’s from, and I think he’s got his head around being a footballer. He’s a big guy, a target man, but he’s also got a great left foot and he can lead the line.

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“He proved last season that he’s capable of getting 15 or 20 goals a season, now he needs to transfer that to the Premier League.”

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