QPR star prepares to step into unknown against Leeds United

Nedum Onuoha

Nedum Onuoha - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nedum Onuoha will be stepping into unknown territory when QPR walk out onto the Elland Road pitch against Leeds United on Saturday.

Rangers travel north for the second time in eight days, looking to build on last weekend’s win at Bolton Wanderers which continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

It is almost three years since the Rs played at Leeds – a 2-0 defeat in December 2010 – but for defender Onuoha it will be an even more unusual experience.

“I’ve never played them,” he revealed. “I think they were relegated the year before I broke into the first team at Manchester City.

“They are a good side and Elland Road is a tough ground to play at.”

The current campaign is Onuoha’s first outside English football’s top flight, coming after almost eight years at Manchester City and a season at Sunderland, all in the Premier League.

And the 26-year-old, who joined QPR in January 2012, admits he is still adapting the challenge of the unforgiving Championship.

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He added: “It’s different. Some teams don’t necessarily have the same quality as teams in the Premier League which you play against week in, week out.

“They tend to be fitter and stronger, and obviously they can still play a bit. You have to be able to embrace the physical side of it.

“These teams like to dominate you, and whereas in the Premier League that might be with the ball, in this league it might just be them out-running you.”